Sabato, 22 Settembre, 2018

Shiv Sena likely to announce its "final decision" on NDA's presidential nominee

Parmenio Sano | 21 Giugno, 2017, 09:21

Rajya Sabha MP and BPF leader Biswajit Daimary said being an alliance partner of BJP, they would vote for Kovind as he belongs to Dalit community.

"The President has accepted the resignation of Shri Ram Nath Kovind, as Governor of Bihar", read an official statement.

Kovind was until June 19 the governor of Bihar and shared a warm relationship with Nitish Kumar.

Leaders of the non-NDA parties, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, will meet on June 22 to discuss the matter, they added. The party had backed the Congress-led UPA's choices in the 2007 and 2012 polls.

It also said that Om Prakash Chautala of the INLD, whom Mr. Naidu met, "responded positively". "Like during the regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, we supported APJ Abdul Kalam, not because he belonged to a minority community, but because he was neutral and didn't belong to any particular party", he said. With the support of regional parties including Naveen Patnaik's BJD and Tamil Nadu's AIADMK, they are placed to win an election if it should take place on July 17 (votes will be counted three days later).

However, the decision did not go down well with some of the political parties with Congress alleging that the announcement was made without taking the grand old party into confidence while BJP's ally Shiv Sena termed it a political move to lure vote bank.


A former lawyer and two-time member of the upper house of parliament, Kovind has been associated with the BJP and its ideological parent Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

"If that is so, we are not interested in backing him".

Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday also announced the party's support to Kovind's candidature.

As Shinde belongs to Maharashtra, he will prove helpful in getting Shiv Sena on board. A candidate being considered by the opposition is Meira Kumar, a Dalit and former Lok Sabha speaker.

On another count, that none of the reams of media speculation in recent days about the ruling party's candidate for the election of India's First Citizen even got an inkling of Kovind's name is a pointer to the limitations of journalism that revolves around access to power.

With an illustrious background in the legal arena, he said, Kovind's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.

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