Ram Nath Kovind to file nomination on June 23

The sources said the BJP's decision to nominate the 71- year-old without consulting the Opposition has not "surprised" them.

Talking about the party decision, JD (U) spokesperson KC Tyagi said, "We chose to extend support to NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind as his tenure as Governor had been peaceful".

The numbers seem to be in favour of Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA nominee for the post of the President of India.

The chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are expected to be present when NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind files his nomination papers on Friday. This was the intent of wider consultations with Opposition parties.

Ram Nath Kovind, 72, Bihar Governor, a Dalit leader, legal luminary, an open adherent to saffron ideology as well as a constitutionalist, is all set to be elected as the next President of India.

Kovind's resignation as the Bihar Governor was accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee.

"Amit Shah had called me yesterday and told that BJP has chose to field Ram Nath Kovind for the election, and all the alliance partners of NDA are with them".

The Congress leaders, meanwhile, apparently have argued with the Left parties and the Trinamool camp that fielding someone like Shinde will force the NCP to stick to the Opposition camp and will easily "win over" Shiv Sena from the NDA.

The chief minister is reportedly heading for Delhi today evening. "After our support, I do not think it will be hard for the BJP to get him elected", Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said. The latest move is likely to erode the anti-Modi image of JDU national president Nitish Kumar, who has been aspiring for a bigger role in national politics.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Mr. Thackeray said all the party legislators and MPs will support Ram Nath Kovind, nearly clearing his way to Raisina Hill. Leaders of the non-NDA parties, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, will meet on June 22 to discuss the matter, they added. Further while appealing to other parties for their support he said, "This was intent of wider consultations with opposition parties.Thank Nitish ji for his party's support".

  • Leroy Wright