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No party affiliations, will uphold dignity of office: Kovind

Christy Curtis | 24 June, 2017, 00:47

After, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced his support to NDA candidate for the presidential election, Ram Vilas Paswan in his statement to TOI, apprecited his support saying the Bihar CM seems to be uncomfortable sharing the power with Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal. Confident of a victory, many top BJP leaders are thronging to Delhi to mark their presence when Kovind files his nomination papers.

Kumar, a dalit who was a Union Minister in the UPA government, said she was honoured to be the joint opposition candidate. BSP chief Mayawati said Meira Kumar is more capable and more popular than NDA's candidate.

Ram Nath Kovind was the Governor of Bihar before being chosen as the NDA nominee for the July 17 presidential polls billed as a "dalit versus dalit" contest. How does he justify his support to Kovind now that a dalit from Bihar has been nominated from opposition?

However, political parties in Tripura seem to have mostly opposed Kovind, BJP's dark horse for the Presidential election this year, save BJP itself of course.

BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had sent a minister while nobody from the JD (U) and YSRCP, two parties supporting Kovind, was present.

After the meeting, Lalu said Nitish Kumar, whose party JD (U) has chose to support Kovind, had taken a wrong decision. "As they say, let the best man or woman win, and in this particular case, clearly the NDA and our allies have the numbers", she told ANI.

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"Kovind's name was announced first by the ruling party and we do not have any objection to his name. 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.

According to Dalit activist Chandrabhan Prasad, the Opposition should not have made it a contest between two Dalits and instead, should have fielded a non-Dalit. Earlier in the day, Nitish Kumar faced fresh calls from ally and RJD chief Lalu Prasad as well as from some opposition parties to reconsider his party JD (U)'s support to NDA nominee. Kumar, a former diplomat and daughter of the late Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, was the unanimous choice of the 17 Opposition parties that met on Thursday.

"I am thankful to all those who have supported me, will do everything to maintain the dignity of country's top post", Kovind said.

He said the president's chair was not for a political battle.

"The decision is not taken on any person's goodness, but it is based on ideology". BJP believed that Kovind would certainly get over 61 per cent of the vote.

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