Kovind to file nomination today; Modi, NDA CMs to be there

Kovind to file nomination today; Modi, NDA CMs to be there

Though Uttar Pradesh's two main non- NDA political parties- Bahujan Samajwadi Party and Samajwadi Party- have not extended support to the NDA's candidate but also didn't show strong opposition as Kovind is a Dalit who hails from Kanpur Dehat area of the state.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said he would appeal to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to rethink his decision on supporting BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Meira Kumar met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence on Wednesday. "The Opposition's nominee for President's post Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate".

After much hype over the Opposition Presidential candidate, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar has been fielded against NDA's Ram Nath Kovind. Kovind's Dalit foundation had made him a candidate that political gatherings can't stand to dismiss, significantly more so with his additional certifications of being a crusader for the Scheduled ranks and OBCs. She was first woman to hold the post of a Speaker in the Lok Sabha.

Nitish's gambit in taking the lone ranger role is driven by the near irreconcilable contradictions within the UPA and the anti-BJP phalanx, which limits the chances of him emerging as the leader to challenge the NDA in 2019 under the Congress-led UPA.

The decision for the following President of India is to be hung on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the workplace on July 24.

Left sources, however, said the Congress was yet to propose a name. "I will tell him not to commit a historic blunder as his decision to support the BJP candidate is wrong", he said.

Lalu Yadav further said that his party would not break alliance with JD (U) in Bihar.

Tyagi also insisted JD (U)'s support on the presidential poll was an "isolated incident" and the party would continue to be with the opposition in its battle against the saffron party in the future.

Sources said sections of the opposition had decided they were going to put up a candidate against Kovind and turn the election into an ideological fight.

Other parties represented at the meeting included JD-S, RSP, JMM, Kerala Congress, IUML and the AIUDF of Assam. Most of these leaders were present during the May 26 luncheon meeting hosted by Gandhi.

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