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Sena will support NDA's presidential candidate

Sena will support NDA's presidential candidate

BJP chief Shah said the party's parliamentary board went through a long list of potential candidates before choosing Kovind, who was its MP in the Rajya Sabha for two terms and headed its Dalit Morcha.

Elaborating the reasons behind BJD's support to the NDA candidate, Patnaik said Ram Nath Kovind is an eminent lawyer belonging to the scheduled caste community.

Soon after his name was proposed for the new president Ram Nath Kovind, a long-time BJP worker, rushed to New Delhi and drove to Prime Minister's residence to meet Narendra Modi.

& worked for poor & marginalised. With an illustrious background in the legal arena, he said, Kovind's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation. PM Modi, who called Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao on phone, told him "as per your (the chief minister's) suggestion, we have decided upon a Dalit candidate for the presidential post". "So, BJD has chose to extend its support to Kovind", he said. "Opposition will meet on June 22, then only we can announce our decision", she said. This move will, BJP hopes, reinforce its recent successes in co-opting Dalit communities into its fold, the larger project of consolidation of a mass base that it envisages for itself. Both Modi and Shah felt political parties should be informed about the decision and should "not come to know about the candidate through the media".

Monday named the eastern state of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its choice for the country's next President.




He said the BJP leaders had promised to seek the opposition' consent on the Presidential candidate which did not happen. He has filled in as the leader of the Dalit wing of the BJP. He sought support of the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind.

"In my capacity as the Bihar Chief Minister, it is a matter of happiness that our governor has been declared as the candidate for the next president of India", he told reporters in Patna after paying a courtesy call to Kovind at the Raj Bhawan. We are against it, but we will have to discuss the issue within the CPI and with other opposition parties. Initially Sena had reservations against supporting presidential candidate and had asked BJP to first name its candidate for the post or choose either RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Agriculture Expert MS Swaminathan or nominate a candidate of their choice for the president's post. But another BJP ally, Ramvilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party, said those who oppose Kovind will be considered anti-Dalit. The Congress party declined to remark on the declaration however communicated disappointment over NDA's assignment of the Presidential applicant without talking about with restriction parties.

He said the meetings with opposition parties was a formality.

Nominations close on June 28 and the electoral college would hold a vote, should one be required, on July 17, according to the Election Commission of India.


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