He then chose to practise as a lawyer, first at the Delhi High Court.
Kovind is known to many as an advocate who champion the rights of women. In year 1994, he was elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh and served two consecutive terms until March 2006. But the former governor who will become the country's second Dalit President may not be the only one setting records. Rahul Kul of the Rashtriya Samaj Party (RSP) led by Mahadev Jankar is also a supporter of the BJP. However, Kalam had no association with the BJP. In Maharashtra where Congress and NCP have 83 MLAs, SP and CPI (M) have one each, Meira Kumar received only 77 votes. So, Kumar's vote value was dented by a total of 4,958. Surprisingly, two MLA votes were declared invalid.
State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant offered solace to Kovind's opponent Meira Kumar.
Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs. "None of my party colleagues voted for Kovind".
Surjewala said Kovind had got 65.66 per cent votes against the claims of BJP leaders that their candidate would get 70 per cent.
Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi are among other states that witnessed cross-voting in Kovind's favour.
Presuming that all 12 MLAs of the BJP, besides three each of its allies GFP, MGP and three independents voted for Kovind, his tally would have stood at 21. According to a report by Deccan Herald, Kumar has polled the highest votes by a losing candidate.
From the get-go, Kovind was expected to win more than 60 percent of the votes.
The election of 71-year-old Kovind, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate, is widely viewed as part of a strategy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to widen support among India's 200 million-strong Dalit community.
Governor C.V. Rao, congratulating Kovind, wished him "a successful tenure in the service of the people", in a message.
"Our commitment to elect a president from marginalized groups is genuine", he said in a statement. Ms Kumar tweeted her congratulations, "I congratulate Sh". She also congratulated Mr Kovind and cautioned him of the challenge ahead; to uphold the Constitution "in these most challenging times".