Kovind is NDA Presidential candidate


While all NDA allies have been informed of the BJP choice, Prime Minister Modi talked to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and other leaders about the NDA choice, BJP President said. Kumar is keen to hold up the flag for regional aspirations, cater to his constituency, and to boost his national image - in supporting Kovind, he will get them all, the IE report says.

Further giving her opinion over Presidential Elections, Mayawati stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should have selected a name from a non-political background which would have been better.

Despite a majority, the BJP reached out to all the political parties "in the spirit of democracy", the urban development minister said.

After meeting Modi, Kovind briefly visited the Bihar Niwas where he declined to answer any question from the media and only said, "I thank everyone".

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"But still till now we have not announced any name for the Presidential candidate from our side, because we had decided this in all party meeting that decision will be taken with consensus", Azad said. Kovind, a lawyer, two-term Rajya Sabha MP and former president of the BJP's "Dalit Morcha", is likely to file his papers on June 23. If elected, he will be the second Indian president after KR Narayanan to hail from the Dalit community.

Kumar's position on the matter may not just affect the presidential election but could also have a great bearing on the next Lok Sabha election as Opposition parties hope that they can stitch together a grand secular alliance to take on the BJP in 2019.

State BJP President Tapir Gao has also welcomed the decision that Bihar Governor and senior BJP leader Ram Nath Kovind would be the Presidential candidate of the BJP-led ruling NDA at the Centre. Now, TRS (2%), BJD (2.99%), AIADMK (5.99%), YSR Congress (1.53%) have already supported the candidate. The Chief Minister yesterday paid a courtesy visit to Kovind at the Raj Bhawan in Patna.

"The BSP's stand can not be negative towards a Dalit nominee for the post of president".

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"I am not saying that the Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President". "Now, they have named a person with RSS background".

Banerjee said senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani or Sushma Swaraj could have been made candidates.

NCP leader Majeed Memon said that Mayawati can not openly oppose Kovind as she has to take care of vote bank.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.

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