Presidential elections: AIADMK Panneerselvam faction extends support to Ram Nath Kovind

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

"Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination at Parliament House at 11.45 a.m", the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a statement here on Thursday. He has said that the JD (U) will convey their decision at the meeting in Delhi on June 22.

On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK faction announced its support for Kovind. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, however, though stopping short of fully endorsing Kovind, has expressed his satisfaction with the NDA's choice saying it would be a matter of great pride if the Bihar Governor becomes the next President of India.

The opposition has alleged that the NDA finalised Kovind's name for the post of President without consulting them prior to the announcement. "JD-U has chose to support Kovind in the presidential election".

However, it was a "white crows" remark by an AIADMK MLA which triggered the exchange of words between Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader K R Ramasamy and Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju.

However, there were last-minute concerns about the JD (U)'s support for Kovind now that Meira Kumar, who hails from the party's stronghold of Bihar and is the daughter of prominent Dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram, has been fielded by the Opposition. Now, they announced their nominee first and informed us later.

"All the leaders have decided that we will support Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president. After our support, I do not think it will be hard for the BJP to get him elected", Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.

Meira Kumar is from Bihar and Nitish Kumar's partners, Lalu Yadav and the Congress, have urged him to reconsider his decision and support "the daughter of Bihar".

Non- NDA party, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi has backed Kovind for President. The Sharad Pawar-led party is still holding internal discussions to decide on its strategy for the July 17 presidential election. "We are confident he will perform as a good administrator", he said when asked about Kovinds RSS background and reports that opposition Congress may also field a dalit candidate against NDAs pick.

The party had supported the UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee in the 2012 presidential polls against the NDA's PA Sangma. With possible support of JD (U), the vote share of NDA in the electoral college go up to nearly 63 per cent.

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