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Kovind files nomination in presence of PM, NDA CMs

26 Juin 2017

Kumar is yet to file her nominations and is likely to do so on June 28, while Kovind has scored an early lead by embarking on his campaign starting from Uttarakhand and then Uttar Pradesh.

"It is my belief that the post of the President is above party politics and I will strive to keep it so", he said in a brief address to the media.

One set in which Shah was among the proposers was in Hindi, which some BJP leaders said was a rare practice.

Kovind, 71, filed the papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Chief Ministers of states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies, as well as parties backing him.

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

Kovind's visit to Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest value of each vote in the presidential election, is part of his nation-wide tour during which he will talk to members of the electoral college that votes for the new president.

The presidential race between Congress and BJP has become intense with both the national parties trying to woo the Dalit vote bank in the country with the presidential elections.

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"I belong to this state", appealed Kovind who hails from Kanpur Dehat.

Further stressing on the conflict of interest on the presidential candidate among the various political parties in the country, Yogi said that, "Someone from Uttar Pradesh has been nominated for post of President".

A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Kovind's resignation has been accepted.

The NDA, including Shiv Sena and the PDP of Jammu and Kashmir, commands the support of 48.93 percent in the electoral college made up of MPs and MLAs.

Former Lok Sabha speaker and senior Congress leader Meira Kumar, a Dalit, was on Thursday announced Opposition's candidate to take on NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for Presidential election.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who was present at the meeting where Meira Kumar's name was approved, may have signalled his preference, but will he able to convince his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, whom he supplanted as party chief. Apart from NDA parties, BJP has support of JD (U), TRS, YSRCP, AIADMK and BJD.

If elected, Kovind will be the second Dalit president after K R Narayanan.

Kovind files nomination in presence of PM, NDA CMs