Kovind to file nomination today; Modi, NDA CMs to be present

Kovind filed his nomination papers in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior NDA leaders.

A former BJP MP, Kovind told the media that he has not had a party affiliation since becoming governor of Bihar after Modi took power in New Delhi in 2014. After filing the nomination, Ramnath Kovind remembered former Presidents and said that constitution in our nation is paramount.

Ramnath Kovind earlier in the day filed his nomination in the Parliament.

The Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana too are expected to be present when the NDA presidential candidate files his nomination papers.

The BJP is keen to exploit Kovind's candidature - he is a Koli (sub-caste of Dalit) from Kanpur - in Uttar Pradesh, which has the maximum electorate.

So how does the Presidential election play out in the North Eastern states and are they of one mind in electing the NDA candidate Kovind? While Badal and Naidu are part of NDA camp, Rao and Palanisawmy have been wooed by the BJP for the presidential election.

After submitting the resignation as governor of Bihar on Tuesday, BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind is gearing up to file his nomination papers on Friday morning at 11 am.

Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had sent a minister while nobody from the JD (U) and YSRCP, two parties supporting Kovind, was present.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has broken ranks with the Opposition, pledging support to Mr Kovind.

"I will do my best to maintain the dignity of the high office of the President", he said.

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

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 the Dalit leader, making his win an nearly foregone conclusion.

BJP's charge comes ahead of the Opposition parties' meeting on Thursday evening to chalk out the strategy for the July 17 Presidential elections, which will be held in the backdrop of its partner Janata Dal (United) extending support to Kovind. The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on 24 July.

  • Leroy Wright