Amit Shah meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray regarding Presidential polls

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

"We have announced our support for Ram Nathji". He has a nice personality. "We are always standing solidly behind the farming community", said Thackeray. "Kovind's name is being proposed just for the sake of Dalit votes".

Uddhav Thackeray had said that "there are attempts being made to play politics over a Dalit presidential candidate".

"We held deliberations with senior party leaders and have chose to support Ram Nath Kovind's candidature".

He, however, added that they would extend their support only if the decision was taken for the development of the nation. On two occasions in the past, the Shiv Sena had deviated from the NDA line by supporting UPA candidates: in 2007 when Pratibha Patil won the election and in 2012 when incumbent Pranab Mukherjee was elected.

Ram Nath Kovind has resigned from the gubernatorial post. "I hope that every citizen will support me", PTI quoted Mr Kovind as saying.

Venkaiah Naidu reached out to several regional parties for their support. The total value of MP votes of UPA is 10,620. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi called him on Monday morning to inform him that he was the BJP's presidential candidate. "What Thackeray has said today is what he should have said". Azad's meeting comes ahead of a JD-U meeting on Wednesday on the Presidential election.

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

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee didn't seem happy with the Kovind's candidature.

Azad will also meet Rashtriya Janata Dal Chief Lalu Prasad, who leans towards the Congress. However, she kept her options open when she suggested that her party's stand towards Kovind's candidature will be positive, subject to the fact that the Opposition does not field another Dalit candidate.

Congress sources feel Shinde could be a better candidate due to his record in public life. But instead of coming to us with the proposal they announced the candidate.

"If we look at the overall condition right now, there is an NDA government and we are its constituent".

Responding to the question on the possibility of opposition fielding a Dalit candidate, he said that there was no consensus. Among possible candidates, the Left is considering Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of the iconic B.R. Ambedkar.

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