Biju Janata Dal backs NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind

Ebony Scott
June 20, 2017

The NSG commandos will move around with Kovind, who is expected to travel across the country extensively to meet legislators and leaders of political parties to seek support for his candidature.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati also expressed dissent over the decision saying that she is not satisfied with Kovind's political ideology, but can not reject his Dalit background.

Officials said the "black cat" commandos force will secure Kovind, who resigned today as the Bihar Governor.

"If they have declared Kovind's name for getting Dalit votes, then we are not interested. We hope he will be the unanimous candidate for the election", Shah said.

"Top leaders of the party will decide on the Presidential candidature", JD-U spokesperson Rajeev Ranjan told IANS over phone from Patna. On the presidential nominee announced by the NDA, we have nothing to say. "Just because he was the leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP they have made him the candidate", Mamata said. "Most parties will find it hard to oppose him and BSP supremo Mayawati readily gave her support to Kovind Sources said the Dalit presidential candidate from UP will provide a 'healing" touch to the recent incidents of Thakur-Dalit clashes in Saharanpur/Meerut.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that their respective parties have offered full support to the NDA on their selection of the presidential candidate.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed "happiness" over NDA's decision to choose Kovind as their presidential candidate.

The BJP had taken a "unilateral decision", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said soon after the announcement. "Ramnath has risen through the political ranks, waging a long and hard struggle as a Dalit", said Shah.

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

Besides Naidu, Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley were the other members of the committee.

"Now, they have named a person with RSS background". Sources said, Patnaik said he will be coming down to Delhi for the objective.

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