BJP's Assam alliance partners support Kovind for President

Lawrence Kim
June 26, 2017

Panneerselvam made the announcement a day after Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that the AIADMK (Amma) would support the NDA presidential candidate.

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

The electoral college numbers seem to be stacked in favour of NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and he may well end up getting more votes than incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee and his predecessor Pratibha Patil.

The O.Panneerselvam (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction announced its support to Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday. That decision was announced by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.

NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind was "a political candidate" of the BJP and his candidature would be "faced" politically, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said here Wednesday. Further while appealing to other parties for their support he said, "This was intent of wider consultations with opposition parties.Thank Nitish ji for his party's support".

Nitish Kumar told his MLAs that Kovind, who was the Bihar governor before he was picked by BJP for top post, was "a good man".

With his selection, political analysts say the BJP has sounded the poll bugle for next year's Assembly elections in several crucial states, and also to some extent, the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He has said that the JD (U) will convey their decision at the meeting in Delhi on June 22.

Meanwhile, continuing his canvassing of party elders, Ram Nath Kovind met former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today to seek his blessings. "But wherever we don't agree with the BJP, we will oppose them", the Sena leader said. The NDTV news channel reported that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too is likely to ditch the Opposition for the NDA candidate.

It remains to be seen whether BSP, which has also said that it can not oppose a Dalit candidate unless the opposition has a more popular Dalit nominee, attends the opposition meeting. He communicated with the regional parties seeking their support for the NDA's nominee during the upcoming presidential election,"said Sarma, who heads the Neda, a vital alliance of non-Congress parties of the northeast".

"We are not merely part of opposition unity but the initiator". The Shiv Sena had earlier refrained from spelling out its stand on supporting Kovind for president.

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