When BJP president Amit Shah announced the name of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA’s presidential candidate, he had said that there was a ‘by-and-large’ consensus within the coalition on the choice. But other than that reason, one of the major reasons was given by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. According to him, selecting an unknown name would help UPSC set tough questions when it comes to naming President of India, something which was prevelant when Pratibha Patil was the president.
Most of the presidential candidates up till now have been renowned faces right from Abdul Kalam to Pranab Mukherjee to K.R Narayanan. Although these were prominent faces, they made the GK questions in UPSC exams quite easy to crack for the students who knew about these famous personalities. With the selection of a surprise face like Ram Nath Kovind, BJP wants to make UPSC exams tough for the candidates. In fact the government is likely to increase the number of questions on President’s life, right from his birth place to the school he went etc. etc. This will test the real knowledge of the students as they have never read about Ram Nath.
BJP has promised that it will follow the same logic while naming the Vice-President candidate and other candidates for some prominent positions like the RBI Governor, the CAG and SEBI president. The selection will be based on the surprise quotient of any name. More unknown the person, more chances of him holding a prominent position. It is rumored that Lal Krishna Advani has deleted all his information on the internet to make himself eligible for any new position based on the new criteria set by the government.
Whether it makes it tough for the students or not, only time will tell, but we can appreciate the government to let go the age old process of selecting known faces for important positions.