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Kovind resigns as Bihar governor; WB Governor gets additional functions

PTI
Published : Jun 20, 2017, 3:50 pm IST
Updated : Jun 20, 2017, 3:50 pm IST

Ram Nath Kovind's resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate.

Prime Minister Narenda Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah with NDA's presidential nominee and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Monday. (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narenda Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah with NDA's presidential nominee and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind has resigned from the gubernatorial post.

The resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate.

President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Kovind as the Governor of Bihar, a communiqué issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Tuesday.

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will discharge the functions of the Governor of Bihar, in addition to his own duties, it said.

The BJP on Monday announced the name of 71-year-old Kovind, a low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, as its nominee for the president's post.

The presidential election is scheduled for July 17.

Mukherjee completes his five-year term on July 24.

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