NDA Nominee Ram Nath Kovind To File Nomination Today

by Antonio Miles June 24, 2017, 0:44

"Since I became the governor I do not belong to any political party", the former head of the BJP's Dalit Morcha, who is nearly certain to be the next president said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi announced the name of party leader Meira Kumar at a meeting of the 17 parties including the Left, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK and the National Conference.

Ms Kumar's name was also acceptable to the Samajwadi Party and the BSP.

Asserting that he does not hold any political affiliations, NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday pledged to uphold the dignity of the President's office and keep it above party politics.

The name of the two-term Rajya Sabha member did not figure among the probables but his nomination by the BJP is now being seen by some as a "political masterstroke".

He denied that his support to Ramnath Kovind was weakening the Opposition's unity and said it would not impact Bihar's alliance government.

"We have chose to field Meira Kumar for the presidential election". More so as Bahujan Samaj party's Mayawati had made it clear that she would be compelled to support Kovind if the Opposition failed to come up with a Dalit consensus candidate.

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Former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi said the Congress was insulting "Bihar ki beti" (Bihar's daughter) by forcing her to take on another Dalit candidate.

He said there could not have been a better candidate for the top Constitutional post.

Reaching out to Opposition parties, NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind today said the post of president is above party politics and he will strive to maintain its dignity. "I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate", Lalu said after attending the Opposition meeting. "Above all, both BJD and JD (U) are not part of the BJP-led NDA", CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy told reporters here.

Kovind's candidature has been opposed by many Opposition parties over his affiliation with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Representatives of 28 parties were there, too, BJP sources said, but its ally Shiv Sena was absent. The same can be said for Mulayam Singh Yadav who has hinted at supporting Kovind. "I do not think this (Presidential poll) is a step in that direction", said Nitish.

The CM and the Governor, in fact, got along very well in the last two years, also because Kovind did not allow the BJP to use Raj Bhavan as an extension counter of the party.

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