AIADMK announces support for Kovind

Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

The Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was in Patna on Tuesday to participate in the Iftar, described Kovind as a BJP ideologue and said the opposition wanted a "neutral" candidate not belonging to any political party per se.

Chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who heads the AIADMK Amma faction announced his support to Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday evening. The JD (U)'s support to Kovind clearly speaks of his wider acceptability among non-NDA parties.

The Opposition parties are meeting on June 22 to decide on fielding a consensus candidate for the presidential election.

Kovind is guaranteed to get more than 61% of the vote, and the finally tally may increase depending on how some still-undecided regional parties vote, a person familiar with the matter in the BJP said.

Kumar said he had held discussions with JD (U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in this regard.

"After holding discussions with our party leaders, we have chose to back the NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind".

Ram Nath Kovind
AIADMK announces support for Kovind

When asked what made him agree to back Kovind, the Sena chief said, "We have studied his personality and found him to be a very simple and a decent human being. There were about 60 JD (U) MLAs present in the meeting and they echoed the chief minister's view", Sada said. Four sets of nomination papers have been prepared, the first with PM Modi proposing Mr Kovind's name and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seconding.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had announced Kovind's name as its Presidential candidate on Monday.

"There should be no talk about whether a Dalit should be there (be a President)... caste or religion".

"If someone is trying to make a Dalit a President with the goal of gaining a vote bank then we are not with them, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said. The decision was taken at a meeting of our legislators".

The Congress-led UPA has 15 MPs from the state in both the houses of Parliament. "17 paties came together on the issue of Presidential election and if some parties take a different decision..."

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