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Kovind's pick draws mixed reactions, Mayawati frowns over RSS affiliation

Kovind's pick draws mixed reactions, Mayawati frowns over RSS affiliation

Nitish also said that "I had a word with Laluji and Sonia Gandhi and there will be discussion on this. I can say that I am surprised by the decision", Banerjee said at Dubai en route the Netherlands to address a United Nations' event.

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.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah announced the name of Kovind, 71, after a almost two-hour meeting of the BJP parliamentary board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others, ending all suspense about the NDA's candidature for the top constitutional post. Earlier in the day PM Narendra Modi speaks to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik over phone.

Kovind's nomination follows huge protests a year ago by members of the historically marginalised Dalit community, who make up around 17% of India's population.

When the BJP leaders met us, they said that they would inform us about their choice of the presidential candidate before making an announcement. So there is no question of mutual consent. A communication from the chief minister's office said the prime minister requested Naidu to garner the support of the Trinamool Congress for the NDA candidate. "But it is their will, they are free to take a one-sided unilateral decision", Azad added.




"The chief minister is very happy that Modi has heeded to his advice".

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed "happiness" over NDA's decision to choose Kovind as their presidential candidate. He once headed the BJP's Dalit wing. Thackeray told Shah on Sunday that the Sena will take a decision after the BJP announces the candidate. "I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised". He said the BSP supremo is opposing becasue Kovind is associated with RSS ideology. So somewhere it is a political fight or a contest.

CPI national secretary D Raja, however, said Naidu and Rajnath Singh, who was also part of the panel, had not proposed any name. Without revealing the name how will you build a consensus?

Sources in the Left parties said the Opposition may field a joint candidate and the issue will be discussed at the June 22 meeting. "They informed us after announcing this decision so there is no scope for consensus now... Despite differences we have to take all parties into confidence".

The election will be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee's term is ending on July 24. In all likelihood, Ram Nath Kovind will become the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan.


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