Kanpur, June 19 (IANS) Neighbours of Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind in Kanpur on Monday loudly celebrated his being named as the NDA's candidate for President of India.

Kovind's has a modest house - 42, mini HIG at Maharishi Dayanand Vihar here.

The house of the Dalit leader is being looked after by a caretaker as his family is in Raj Bhavan, Patna.

Neigbours were mobbed by television channels as soon as they came out on the streets to rejoice Kovind's candidature.

They voiced happiness that "one of their own was set to walk into the Rashtrapati Bhavan soon".

Ruchi, daughter of the caretaker's family at Kovind's residence, told reporters they were very happy to hear the news.

"We meet him whenever he comes here after he became Governor of Bihar three years back. He is a very down to earth and simple man," she said, smiling ear to ear.

Another neighbour Bhaskar too expressed his happiness at the development and for Kanpur's sake.

--IANS

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