Presidential election: JDU likely to back NDA pick Ram Nath Kovind

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reportedly told the JDU lawmakers to vote for Ram Nath Kovind in the upcoming president election on July17.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2017 4:24 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Presidential election 2017, Nitish Kumar, JDU, Ram Nath Kovind JDU Chief Minister Nitish Kumar greets Ram Nath Kovind. (file photo)

In a setback to the Opposition’s plan to field a candidate for the presidential candidate, the Janata Dal United (JDU) is likely to back the NDA pick Ram Nath Kovind, news channel ABP new reported on Wednesday. The channel confirmed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told the party lawmakers to vote for Kovind in the upcoming president election on July 17.

Speaking with news agency ANI, JDU MLA and party chief whip Ratnesh Sada said:”We have decided to support Ram Nath Kovind.” The party MLAs gathered for a meeting in Patna to discuss the issue.

The Bihar Chief Minister is likely to announce the party’s decision later at a press conference today evening. It has already been conveyed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and JDU’s alliance partner and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, according to news channel NDTV.

Earlier, Nitish stopped short of confirming his support to the former Bihar Governor. After meeting him at the Raj Bhavan on Monday, Nitish told reporters: “In my capacity as the Bihar Chief Minister, it is a matter of happiness that our Governor has been declared as the candidate for the next President of India.”

BSP supremo Mayawati also did not explicitly oppose Kovind’s selection. “The BSP’s stand cannot be negative towards a Dalit nominee for the post of President. Our stand will be positive provided the Opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post,” she said.

The Opposition parties will be meeting at the Parliament library on June 22 at around 4.30 pm to deliberate on Kovind’s candidature and, possibly, pick a consensus candidate. Election for the country’s top post will only be necessitated if the Opposition decides to field a candidate of their choice. On Tuesday, CPI leader D Raja told news channel NDTV that they are averse to nominating Dalit leaders Meira Kumar or Sushil Kumar Shinde. He, however, maintained that the Left is waiting for the Congress to decide on the issue. It is a battle of ideologies, we will field a candidate, Raja was quoted as saying.

With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ending on July 24, the presidential election will be held on July 17 and the results will be declared on July 28.

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    S bmniac
    Jun 21, 2017 at 7:08 pm
    Bihar CM's action deserves congratulations
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      Jun 21, 2017 at 7:02 pm
      Nitish Kumar appears to be the only Statesman like figure in the Opposition !
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        Poda De
        Jun 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm
        Q : Sir, What is the difference between NDA Opposition ? A : NDA is Absolutely United, Opposition is Utterly Un-tied let loose !
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          Jun 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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            Henderson Gray
            Jun 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm
            Reporting mess : headline says LIKELY and in the report it says Mr. Sada said - DECIDEDED to support ! Pres utes !!
            1. S
              Jun 21, 2017 at 7:06 pm
              They have decided to do something in the future. The event has not arrived. That is why the headlines read ' likely'. Nothing wrong. I am not a media man. Rgds
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                Biswadeep Chakraborty
                Jun 22, 2017 at 9:36 am
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                Avishek Choubey
                Jun 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                It's all fair in love and war whole country knowing that jdu had no option to join rjd and Congress and till they has known that jdu have no option to dislike bjp as a master of politics would taought nitish to bed friends will never helpful then better enemy which people of this country thought but there was no choice in past or nor have presented to thought only our benefit which way nitish has make their choice.
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                  Sankaran Krishnan
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                  Instead of finalizing the Opposition Party candidate after the announcement made by the Ruling combine, still they are searching for the names shows that the Opposition don't have Plan A or Plan B and thus prove they are all brain drained and also never expected that BJP will choose an Dalit person as their candidate and now it seems the Opposition camp is scattered by this move of PM Modi which also exposed them fully. After vociferous all these days now the so called second fiddle Communists say the Congress has to take a call shows their immaturity and the entire blame has to be turned o against Congress by the Opposition Parties !!!What a show of UNITY ???
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