The BJP has picked Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, for President of India. The announcement was made after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met this morning with Amit Shah and other top leaders of his party. PM Modi, who on Twitter said the Governor would make "an exceptional President", has personally talked to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh to seek their support for the BJP's nominee. They and other opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee said they will decide whether to back the BJP's choice after they meet on Thursday. "It's a duty, let's take it as such," Governor Kovind told NDTV today as he took off from Patna for Delhi.