Kovind files Presidential nomination, vows to uphold dignity of office

Terming the opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar as "Dalit Ki Beti", RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said the JD-U's decision to support NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind was a "historical blunder" and called for a review."Today I am appealing (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar to reconsider his decision and support the daughter of Bihar", Lalu Prasad told reporters after Meira Kumar was fielded after a meeting of 17 opposition parties led by the Congress."Don't make a historical blunder".

While BJP-ruled states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have already made their stances clear on the matter, other parties like NPP and NPF (ally of the BJP government in Manipur) has also extended support to the NDA candidate.

Besides NDA constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD (U) have announced their support to Kovind.

After Mr. Kovind's name was announced by the BJP president Amit Shah earlier this week, he was provided with Z plus security cover by NSG commandos.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also attended the event.

This tested the nerve of JD (U), which had actually taken the lead in getting the Opposition to talk of a joint candidate for presidential elections.

The vote count will take place on July 20.

The former Rajya Sabha MP said he would do "everything possible" to maintain the dignity of the highest office.

"I am thankful to all those who have supported me, will do everything to maintain the dignity of country's top post", Kovind said. With huge numbers in his favour, Ram Nath Kovind, BJP's candidate for the post of president of the Indian Union, is sure to settle down at Raisina Hills soon. "The country and the whole world is familiar with this great tradition", he said. "It is our priority to secure the borders of our country".

"At a time when we would be celebrating 75 years of independence after a few years, I will strive to see that the dream to build a new India, which is developing continuously, is fulfilled", the BJP leader said. Kovind was the governor of Bihar before being chosen as the NDA nominee for the 17 July presidential polls billed as a "dalit versus dalit" contest.

Kovind thanked Modi, the NDA Chief Ministers and others for supporting his candidature.

  • Leroy Wright