JD (U) to support Ram Nath Kovind for President

"I hope they (opposition) would not have any reason to oppose the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind because of his background, non-controversial nature, and sound legal and social background".

The decision was announced by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray after a crucial 90-minute meeting with his senior party leaders at his Bandra home. "A large number of regional parties are supporting Kovind and we believe this will continue", he added. On BJD's request, many parties, including the BJP, had supported Sangma's nomination."In this backdrop and the fact that Kovind is an eminent lawyer belonging to the SC community.BJD has chose to support the candidature of Kovind", Naveen said.

Kovind before leaving for New Delhi yesterday met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked the people of Bihar for their support. When Home Minister Rajnath Singh and I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu came to meet us, they said that they want to build a consensus.

The NDA, including Shiv Sena and the PDP of Jammu and Kashmir, which also extended support to Kovind, commands the support of 48.93 percent in the electoral college made up of MPs and MLAs.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday welcomed Shiv Sena for its support to National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. BSP chief Mayawati said said that party's stand would be positive provided the Opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post. K R Narayanan was the country's first Dalit president.

Yechury said, "Kovind ji was the chief of RSS's Dalit branch".

The election will be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee's term is ending on July 24. So somewhere it is a political fight or a contest.

Kovind was till Monday the Bihar Governor and shared a warm relationship with Nitish Kumar. "We will discuss later and decide". "After the BJP announced the presidential candidate, Amit Shah once again called me and explained why the BJP had rejected the names we had suggested", he said.

In one of the op-eds on The Economic Times blogs, an argument has been made that this is a purely political choice by the BJP - that the BJP needs to shore up Dalit support base, especially in view of the Rohith Vemula suicide issue, thrashing of Dalits in Una and the attacks in Saharanpur.

  • Leroy Wright