It's a Dalit-vs-Dalit fight

The combined opposition has named former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for the presidential poll but NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind's victory is a foregone conclusion, with 63.1% of the electoral college votes already in the bag.

Please Wait while comments are loading. He also said that his party has taken an independent decision like this in the past also. So every party of Bihar should not think about anybody but support Meira Kumar.

"That is why we supported him", Kumar said.

President Pranab Mukherjee completes his five-year term on July 24.

The decision to contest the Presidential elections might not bring the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar into Rashtrapati Bhawan, but it has sent out important signals of unity as a possible precursor to the next general elections. The main opposition party made matters worse by not declaring its candidate before BJP. "Likewise, the TRS too should back Meira Kumar's candidature as a thanksgiving gesture", Uttam said. He advised Nitish Kumar to not to ride on two boats and to take a proper stand and join NDA.

Kumar was picked by 17 non-NDA political parties as their candidate against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind. He said he would meet the Bihar Chief Minister Friday and "urge him to review his decision..."

Only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah picked Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA's presidential candidate, the Congress made a decision to field Kumar, Adityanath told reporters after Kovind filed his nomination papers.

Though earlier, the Mayawati-led BSP extended their support to Kovind, but after the nomination of Kumar, they recalled their support.

"Nitish Kumar said he has chose to back Kovind because he is a nice person and has been very good as Bihar Governor".

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not discussing the name of its Presidential candidate before the announcement, Lalu Prasad said: "The BJP never communicated their choice of Presidential candidate before announcing it".

The RJD leader's remarks came a day after the JD-U announced support to Kovind in the July 17 Presidential election.

The CPI-M proposed the name of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, but he ruled himself out of the race after the BJP announced Kovind's name.

  • Leroy Wright