JD (U) to discuss support for Kovind tomorrow

Kovind belongs to the Dalit community Koli and had worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and also has the backing of BJP's ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The BJP chief hoped that there will be a consensus on his name. "The opposition will meet on June 22 - only then we can announce our decision", she said.

"This is not the final decision.I can not say much in this matter as we have an all-political party meeting on June 22". He headed the BJP's Dalit wing for three years from 1999.

"We don't want to comment on his personality, but will talk on merit". "I am personally glad he is the presidential candidate".

The resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate.

Prime Minister Modi on Monday took to Twitter and, in a series of tweets, said, "Shri Ram Nath Kovind, a farmer's son, comes from a humble background".

Besides Naidu, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley were the other members of the committee. India is already going through a rough phase, be it Darjeeling, Mandsaur or Kashmir; to hold these issues together, we need a person whom we can trust. "A meeting will be held soon to discuss the same", he said.

But a section of the opposition, including the Left, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BJP ally Shiv Sena, have accused the BJP of politicising the nation's highest office.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the decision was taken without consensus.

He said in his Facebook post that the former is never heard before and now he is going to be made the President of India.

Extending support to NDA's presidential nominee, Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekhar Rao said, "A prominent Dalit face as the Presidential nominee is a good decision and we support it".

He said it was the NDAs proposal that it would get back to the opposition after zeroing on a candidate.

  • Carolyn Briggs