Kovind files nomination in presence of PM, NDA CMs

"Will accompany Ram Nath Kovindji as he files his nomination papers", Modi tweeted.

Reaching out to opposition parties, NDAs presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind today said the post of president is above party politics and he will strive to maintain its dignity.

The name of the two-term Rajya Sabha member did not figure among the probables but his nomination by the BJP is now being seen as a "political masterstroke". He was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his trip to Parliament House to file his papers.

In the second set, proposer BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley will be there. While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao will grace the occasion, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who announced support for Kovind, will give the event a miss. "President of India is above politics", Kovind said.

In the fourth set, proposer Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be present.

Kovind will be pitted against the opposition candidate Meira Kumar, who will file her nomination on June 27.

NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday pledged to uphold the dignity of the country's top constitutional post. Though earlier, the Mayawati-led BSP extended their support to Kovind, but after the nomination of Kumar, they recalled their support.

The election is scheduled for July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.

  • Leroy Wright