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Kovind made President for caste semantics, Advani got left out: Ashok Gehlot

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In a shocking comment, on Wednesday said that was appointed to the post because of his caste, which left the BJP veteran leader LK Advani out in the race.

Speaking to media persons, Gehlot said: "Because elections were coming in Gujarat, they were perplexed that they are not going to form a government in the state. I believe that this appointment of for the post of was in order to appease the caste semantics. Advani got left out in this."

The statement by comes a day before the voting for the second phase of elections will be conducted ion 91 parliamentary constituencies of the country.

Earlier in June 2017, soon after the announcement of Kovind's name for post by NDA government, had also commented that Kovind was chosen as a nominee for the post just for being the while batting for Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani for the post.

"I am not saying that the is unfit to be the President. I have spoken to other Opposition leaders, they are also surprised. There are other big Dalit leaders in the country. Just because he was the of BJP they have made him the candidate. The office of President is a key post. Someone of the stature of Pranab Mukherjee, or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani ji may have been made the candidate", she had said.

On July 20, Democratic Alliance's (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind was declared as the 14th President of after he won the by a margin of 3,34,730 votes defeating his nearest rival

Kovind was serving as the of before being contesting for the

A by profession, Kovind has worked extensively in and Kovind has been the (BJP) Scheduled Caste Morcha chief (1998-2002) and the President of the All-Koli Samaj. He also served as the spokesperson of the party.

The saffron party had even tried to project him as an alternative to Mayawati in Kovind was enrolled as an in 1971 with the of Delhi. He became the Advocate-on-Record of the in 1978 and practised in and for about 16 years till 1993.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. He was appointed as the of Bihar on August 8, 2015.

Kovind served as a of management of the BR Ambedkar University, He also served as a of governors of of Management, Kolkata.

Kovind also represented in the (New York) and addressed the in October, 2002.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 13:53 IST