Ram Nath Kovind For President: Which Parties Support His Candidature And How The Scales Weigh

Hours after the BJP named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader, as the NDA nominee for the presidential elections, the first signs of division in the Opposition camp emerged though sources said that parties were bracing for a contest. The JD(U) and BSP indicated they were not opposed to Kovind’s candidature, but stopped short of committing support to him. The Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress signalled that a contest appeared to be on the cards.