Presidential Election: Kovind Files Nomination, BJP Confident of Comfortable Victory

NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers in Parliament house in Delhi in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief ministers of some states on 23 June.

BJP sources said a Union minister, a senior organisation leader from the party and two MPs will accompany Kovind during his nationwide tour to reach out to all members of the electoral college.

On being asked about AIADMK's support to the NDA candidate, Palaniswami said, "Yes, our party fully supports Ram Nath Kovind".

There was anticipation that Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party too would support Kovind, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, with SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati hinting at supporting the former Bihar governor.

Opposition candidate for the post Ms Meira Kumar is excepted to file her nomination on 27th of this month.

Kovind plans to visit a few states, including Gujarat, ahead of the July 17 election.

On the other Opposition led by Congress had manged to field Meira Kumar as candidate after hectic parleys.

A fourth set will be filed June 28, the last date of filing of nominations.

"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.

Back-of -the-envelope calculations show that the 17 parties who have unanimously agreed to Meira Kumar's name are short of well over 1,70,000 votes to get their candidate elected for the top job. Earlier, he and Modi joined hands and some BJP leaders raised their hands together to indicate his impending electoral victory.

Later, speaking to media, Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that he could not understand why the Congress was opposing NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. The former Rajya Sabha MP said he would do "everything possible" to maintain the dignity of the highest office. He also added that Since he became the Governor, he did not belong to any party. The background of the Dalit Leader makes him a good political choice for the Saffron party, which is working overtime to woo Dalits.

  • Leroy Wright