‘To support person… must know him’: Mamata Banerjee, Ram Nath Kovind were on House panel

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had on Monday indicated that she had barely heard of him.

Written by ANANTHAKRISHNAN G | New Delhi | Published:June 21, 2017 3:35 am
Presidential Polls, Ram Nath Kovind, Mamata Banerjee, House panel West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)

Reacting to the BJP-led NDA’s decision to nominate Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its Presidential candidate, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had on Monday indicated that she had barely heard of him.

In multiple tweets quoting Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress handle had tweeted, “In order to support someone, we must know the person…. I am not for a moment saying that Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President. I have spoken to 2 or 3 other Opposition leaders, they are also surprised.”

A search of Parliament’s record archives reveals that Kovind and Banerjee were part of the same standing committee that submitted the eighth report on The Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill, 2004. The committee had 10 MPs from Rajya Sabha and 31 from the Lok Sabha. While Kovind was a part of the committee from the Upper House, Banerjee was a nominee from the LS. Six of these positions remained vacant.

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    Adalit Speaks
    Jun 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm
    He should have been a Brahman to please the secret desire of Mamata Baerjee. Look at her Cabinet and the number of Brahmans there. She does not believe anybody less than them.
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      Timir Nandi
      Jun 21, 2017 at 1:49 pm
      Below comments of BJP/RSS supporter proves their seance of curtsy and political decorum. It is needless to mention, nothing proved yet related to Sarada or Narda against any TMC member. Nexus to president candidate selection, what Mamta said that is the reflection of Swamije's word that before support of hate any one, should analysis him properly.
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        Damodar Biswal
        Jun 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm
        Mamata should select a person who is involved in the chit fund scam.Because she knows them all by names.
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          Jun 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm
        2. M
          Jun 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm
          This type of comment can only be made by an uncivilized politician
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            Non bong
            Jun 21, 2017 at 11:31 am
            Mamta Di none is responsible for your poor general knowledge
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              Pradeep Phadke
              Jun 21, 2017 at 11:25 am
              WE have known that Mamata's vision stops at Bengal border. BUt now it is clear that her memory too is very short and she probably recollects only the recent events-possibly since the day she became Bengal CM. 2004 is history!!
              1. S
                Jun 21, 2017 at 10:41 am
                It is one or two Bhakt trolls writing same kind of lies whole day night to promote BJP which has failed completely and country is slipping at the bottom in whole Asia. Didi will not be deterred by foolish propaganda of BJP which is destroying the country. BJP trolls getting exposed everyday.
                1. R
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 10:37 am
                  Too Many Chaddi Gang Paid Bhakt Trolls like always talking nonsense about Didi. They have no other job but to continue fake BJP and RSS Propaganda of lies about Didi and Kejrival for which they are paid handsomely.
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