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Sena will support NDA's presidential candidate

20 June 2017

Leaders of other Opposition parties also didn't seem too happy with NDA's choice for the polls.

Mayawati, in her remarks to the media, said: "We are not against Kovind's nomination".

"Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA's Presidential candidate was decided in the BJP's parliamentary board meeting". Sharma tweeted late Monday: "Filed a complaint against Journalist Rana Ayyub under SC/ST Act, 1989 for her derogatory tweet about Hon'ble Ram Nath Kovind". With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.

The Left parties have set the ball rolling for a contest for the post of President, making it clear that they want an Opposition candidate to take on the BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. India's ruling party today named a lawyer from the lowest Dalit caste as its candidate for president, a move seen as an attempt to reach out to the marginalised community.

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Similarly, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said: "Only once in the history of independent India has the president of India been elected uncontested". Apart from Khattar, the state's Agriculture Minister Om Parkash Dhankar also congratulated Kovind, an official release said here.

By selecting Ram Nath Kovind, a dalit leader, as its candidate the presidential election, the BJP has spurred fence-sitters into action. For the larger part of his political career he was in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and went on to become the president of BJP Dalit Morcha from 1998-2002.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who met the Bihar governor after his name was announced by the BJP parliamentary board meeting, said that it was a "matter of happiness" for him. "I had a word with Laluji and Sonia Gandhi and there will be discussion on this", he said.

Following the announcement, most Opposition leaders indicated that they will announce the name of their own candidate after a meeting of UPA members on 22 June. Sena President Thackeray said his party - with 2.34% voteshare - will not support Kovind's candidature if vote bank politics was the reason for his selection.

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"They (BJP) took a decision unilaterally, but it is up to them". Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind is the NDA's Presidential nominee and in all likelihood the next President of India.

Voting for the next president is scheduled on July 17, while the counting will take place on July 20.

Similarly, another TRS leader Jithender Reddy also backed the NDA's decision and said Kovind is a good choice for the country.

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Sena will support NDA's presidential candidate