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Presidential polls: Tamil Nadu CM extends support to Ram Nath Kovind

25 June 2017

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's decision to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nominee for President Ram Nath Kovind side stepping the 18 party non-BJP grand alliance has not torn them apart.

On its part, the state Assembly secretariat has started preparations and had also held meeting with a high-level delegation of the Election Commission on Friday.

"The presidential contest could have been an occasion for the Opposition to have its say, even though not its president".

"The Congress knows that Ramnath Kovind will win in the election".

Earlier, addressing the MPs and MLAs, Adityanath said, "This is the first time that we will have the honour of having a person from Uttar Pradesh as our president".

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The vote value of a member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha is 708, while that of an MLA would depend on the population of the state he or she represents.

PATNA: Amid simmering tension in the ruling Grand Alliance, Union consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday hailed CM Nitish Kumar for taking a firm stand on support to NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind and also invited him to re- join the BJP-led alliance."Nitish took the decision to support Kovind after considering all aspects". The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

"It would have been better had all the parties supported Kovind.I appeal to the political parties to shed their narrow mindset and support someone, who has all along fought for the weak and downtrodden, " he said. "If these values are undermined so is our Constitution", she said.

The opposition parties have fielded Meira Kumar, also a Dalit leader, against Kovind.

He will now visit other states, Yadav said.

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Though his meeting will be with the supporting MPs and MLAs, Kovind will make an appeal to all the members of the electoral college in every state to support him.

With over 62 per cent of the votes firmly behind him, Kovind's election as the next president is nearly certain.

Besides the BJP and its NDA allies, parties like the TRS, the YSRCP, the AIADMK, the BJD and the JD (U) have announced their support to him. "I can not understand why (the) Congress is opposing him", Naidu said after Kovind filed his nomination.

Kovind, if elected, will be the second dalit to occupy the highest constitutional office.

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Presidential polls: Tamil Nadu CM extends support to Ram Nath Kovind