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Never heard of NDA presidential candidate Kovind: Mamata

Never heard of NDA presidential candidate Kovind: Mamata

"We have decided that Ram Nath Kovind will be NDA Presidential candidate", BJP president Amit Shah said after a almost two-hour meeting here of the party's Parliamentary Board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders.

The Opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh announced its support to the NDA's Presidential candidate with its president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy affirming that his party would back a Dalit leader.

BJP chief Amit Shah announced the name of the 71-year-old Kovind as the party's candidate for Presidential election at a press conference in Delhi.

Modi also spoke to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh to seek their support for Kovind, whose election seems a virtual certainty given the NDA's numbers in parliament and assembly.

Samajwadi Party, BSP, and JDU have also hinted that they may support Mr. Ram Nath Kovind for President.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has Kovind and has said that with his illustrious background in the legal arena, the latter's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution would benefit the nation.

The announcement was made after a almost two-hour meeting of the BJP parliamentary board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others.

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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad declined to go into the merits and demerits of Kovind and did not say whether or not the opposition will field a candidate. He headed the BJP's Dalit wing for three years from 1999.

"Congress does not want to comment on this issue as we want to take a unanimous decision with all other opposition parties on the presidential elections".

Monday named the eastern state of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its choice for the country's next President. "Candidate should be someone who will be beneficial for the country", Mamata Banerjee said in a statement.

Kovind's nomination to the largely ceremonial post of president would be expected to garner enough votes from the BJP and its allies in an electoral college that brings together federal and state lawmakers. We had a long list, which was discussed in the Parliamentary Board. "But they informed us after taking a decision". 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.

Earlier Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also welcomed the NDA government's decision.

She said that Kovind was declared NDA's presidential choice just because he was a Dalit. He was, however, non-committal about his party's support for the NDA Presidential nominee.

Kovind's name was a surprise to even those within the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) who wanted somebody with a Hindutva image.

The move will also put several parties, including Bahujan Samaj Party and the Janata Dal (United) in a spot over how to oppose a candidate from the Dalit community, who has held high constitutional office before.


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