JD (U) to discuss support for Kovind

The JD-U has nearly "decided" to support NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind who earlier served as the Governor of Bihar, according to media reports.

"The JD (U) has chose to back Kovind's candidature in the presidential election", Sada told reporters here, claiming that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the JD (U) national president, as having told the party legislators about it at a meeting this morning.

"After holding discussions with our party leaders, we have made a decision to back the NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind".

Chennai: Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK faction on Wednesday announced its support for Ram Nath Kovind, adding a further boost to the NDA candidate's chances at the presidential polls. The decision was taken after a party meeting regarding the upcoming presidential elections. While Meira Kumar's candidature is strong enough, NCP's Sharad Pawar could also be worth exploring.

"If that is so, we are not interested in backing him". He had, however, stopped short of committing support to the nominee. "(BJP President) Amit Shah informed me on Sunday that in view of Swaminathan's advanced age (he will turn 92 in August) and frail health, it was not possible to propose his name", Thackeray said.

The party had supported the UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee in the 2012 presidential polls against the NDA's PA Sangma. Mr Mukherjee's five-year term as President will come to an end on July 24. The Shiv Sena, an ally of the NDA, also alleged that Kovind's name was not discussed. The Chinese whispers about NDA's Presidential candidate were centred largely around LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj, and it's fair to say the media was entirely blind-sided by the eventual nominee. The most important thing is that the BJP has a majority.

As a Rajya Sabha MP, he is said to have lobbied hard for the passage of three amendments in the first NDA government to get some "anti-SC/ST" orders passed by the previous government annulled.

The Congress-led UPA has 15 MPs from the state in both the houses of Parliament.

Another Dalit face of the party is former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

  • Leroy Wright