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Kovind is NDA's pick for President

Kovind is NDA's pick for President

Their candidate's name was only revealed after making the decision. I have spoken to two or three other Opposition leaders, they are also surprised.

The PM told the CM "as per your (the chief minister's) suggestion, we have decided upon a Dalit candidate for the presidential post", and requested his support for the candidate, the release said.

Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Derek O'Brien also said Kovind was not a well-known person.

Kovind's choice is being seen as a political masterstroke as many parties would not like to oppose a Dalit being elected to the country's highest office.

The Sangh Parivar will be delighted as this is the first time that an unabashedly loyal "saffron soldier", as an important BJP leader described him to me, will occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Shah said there has been no discussion yet on names for the vice president post.

A year ago in a function of Biscomaun in Patna Kovind sat close to eight hours in a cooperative function and said cooperative can ameliorate the conditions of the poor in the country.




He said it was the NDA's proposal that it would get back to the opposition after zeroing on a candidate. "Opposition will meet on June 22, then only we can announce our decision", she added.

In Lucknow, BSP chief Mayawati said her party is positive about the nomination but wished the NDA had named a non-political Dalit candidate for the top post.

Mr. Kovind, 71, has been associated with the RSS and causes related to Dalits.

Kovind's nomination follows huge protests a year ago by members of the historically marginalised Dalit community, who make up around 17 per cent of India's population. AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad said the non-NDA parties will discuss the issue before taking any step. They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials.

Modi also spoke with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar (JD-U), Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik (BJD), Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (TRS) and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP). "We feel that definitely there is a need for a democratic candidate, not from hardcore of the RSS", he told PTI in Hyderabad. It has also garnered support from parties like the YSR Congress, which has almost 2 per cent, and the TRS, which has 1.6 per cent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met Kovind last night, heaped praised on him saying he was sure that the former BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief will make an exceptional President of India and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.

In Uttar Pradesh, even the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samj Party have been critical of the decision, particularly because NDA leaders have tried to play up Kovind's credentials as a son of UP.


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