The Vajpayee government, when NDA was in power, elected scientist Abdul Kalam as the President and presented an ideal Constitutional leader to the nation.  The intention was also to exhibit secularism by electing a Muslim as the President while the government was tagged a Hindu Party.  

However, Kalam went beyond all such considerations and proved to be an excellent President loved by people.  He also showed how while following all the protocols of being a President, he could still functions as being one among the public. Now, the Modi led NDA government has elected Ram Nath Kovind as the President attempting to wipe the tag of being elitist Party. The Party has described Kovind’s victory as the victory of the country’s Dalits, exploited and neglected communities.  

Modi himself coming from a backward community has elected a Dalit as the President and has come a full circle is his attempts to get rid of the pro-Brahmin and pro-elitist Party tag to BJP. Whatever be the intention behind the election, people do expect Kovind to be an ideal President like Kalam.

When Modi came to power, while listing the challenges his government had to face always included the challenge of electing a candidate from the Party as the President.  The reason being, there is no majority at the Parliament for NDA and when everybody thought it was difficult for a NDA candidate to win the Presidential election, the Modi-Amit Shah combination worked a political wonder. Kovind was expected to win with a small margin but his huge margin says a lot about the strategy.

In fact, with JD(S)’s support in Bihar, NDA had a clear indication of victory to Kovind.  At states like Goa, Assam, Maharashtra where BJP is ruling, votes from other parties also poured in for Kovind. If this is an indication of the future political scenario in the country, it is difficult to deny.

Now, all expectations are on Kovind. Though he has long political innings, and was the Governor of Bihar, he has always been in the side wings. There is also a comment that Modi wanted a yes-man. But though President is considered as a rubber stamp of the Central Government, the one who sits on the seat has to have a responsibility towards safeguarding the Constitution of the country. Just as the President cannot go beyond the government and the Parliament, the government also cannot  overrule the President.

The President will always have the power to guide the Central and the state government at decisive moments.  The country expects Kovind to abide by that beyond Party politics.