Modi also telephoned Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and informed him on NDA's choice as the latter "praised the Prime Minister for choosing the right candidate for the highest post".
The NDA, led by the BJP, has 5,37,683 votes and this is including the Shiv Sena. Still, the NDA certainly has an upper hand at the moment and is likely to get its nominee installed in the Rashtrapati Bhawan next month.
Kovind, a two-time parliamentarian is a lifelong supporter of the BJP and a relative unknown in Indian politics. "Kovindji was the chief of the RSS Dalit branch".
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the BJP "unilaterally" selected Kovind and the non-NDA parties will take the decision "keeping in mind the country's history that the ruling and opposition parties contested the polls on all occasion except once". The BJP on Monday called its MPs and MLAs to New Delhi for the signing of nomination papers in the presidential election.
KR Narayanan was the countrys first Dalit President.
He also spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik. As the party had pointed out earlier, their candidate has come as a surprise.
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Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Mr. Thackeray said all the party legislators and MPs will support Ram Nath Kovind, nearly clearing his way to Raisina Hill.
With one stone, the party has made several political kills.
LJP - The Lok Janshakti Party, a constituent of the NDA, threw its support in the ring. "A meeting will be held soon to discuss the same", he said.
President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to also discharge the function of Governor of Bihar until further notice. But now, with the TRS and the AIADMK officially supporting the NDA candidate, I think the opposition's options are limited.
"The President's is a key post. Our stand will be positive provided the Opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post", BSP chief Mayawati said in Lucknow. He said Mr Kovind had rises from a humble back ground and know hard his life.
When asked why the names of Sushma Swaraj or Sumitra Mahajan were not considered, party leaders remain mum but refuse to acknowledge that Kovind's Dalit credentials are the only reason why he was chosen. Kovind's contribution to the Dalit cause that has catapulted him to as the BJP candidate is not known, except that he was orginally from a poor household.
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