Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Indian Government Party Appoints its Presidential Candidate

Indian Government Party Appoints its Presidential Candidate

The surprise choice has received backing from the Andhra Pradesh Opposition YSR Congress, the ruling TRS in Telangana, and BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. They have chose to meet on June 22 to take a call on fielding a candidate against the ruling's party's nominee. Congress finds itself in a catch-22 situation: it would be accused of being anti-Dalit if it opposes Kovind while supporting him would effectively mean giving a walkover to BJP.

"We don't want to talk about his (Kovind's) personality but will talk on merit".

Paying his gratitude to Kovind for serving Bihar, Kumar said the former has served with distinction during his tenure as the states Governor.

Kovind may file his nomination for president on June 23, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the US. He, however, said a detailed discussion would be held on the matter within the JD (U).

KR Narayanan was the countrys first Dalit President.

He said he was a "small citizen" entrusted with a big responsibility.

"The President's is a key post. Someone of the stature of Pranab Mukherjee, or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani ji may have been made the candidate".

Joining the critics of NDA's Presidential nominee, Shiv Sena said it would not extend its support if the Centre is eyeing a vote bank by nominating a Dalit face for the upcoming President polls.

He said it was the NDA's proposal that it would get back to the opposition after zeroing on a candidate. "I have told them about my views".

However, Sitaran Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, did not flatly reject the election after stating that the opposition will meet on Thursday to push for a "common position" on the issue.

Harping on the party's pet names - RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist M. S. Swaminathan - Thackeray said Bhagwat was proposed as India is a Hindu nation, but the country has lost a good opportunity by ignoring him.

She, however, stopped short of expressing immediate support for Kovind saying the BSP will be positive provided the opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post. "We are also of the opinion that it would have been better if NDA had named a non-political Dalit person as President nominee". However, Lalu, who is his main ally and the Congress, who is their junior partner in Bihar, feel that it's imperative to push for an election for Rashtrapati Bhavan to make it clear that they can not rally behind the likelihood of the first-ever BJP leader as President of India.

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