Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Kovind thanks BJD for supporting him

Kovind thanks BJD for supporting him

"I do not think so at all", Patnaik told reporters while replying a question on the possibility of the cross-voting in the presidential polls.

"Sri Kovindji symbolises a new and aspiring India".

Kovind, accompanied by Nadda, spent around an hour at Naveen Niwas, the chief minister's residence near the city airport, for the luncheon meeting with Patnaik.

Born in a poor family in a remote village in Utter Pradesh, Patnaik said, he (Kovind) rose to great heights as advocate on Record in the Supreme Court, a reputed leader in the Upper House of Parliament and the Governor of Bihar. On Friday, we had a meeting of BJD MLAs and MPs.

The NDA's presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind today assured the MLAs and MPs of the ruling BJD in Odisha that he would act in an "impartial manner" and upkeep the dignity of the office of the President.

After the hour-long meeting ended, Kovind went to have lunch at the chief minister's residence. By late evening, all three leaders will return to Delhi."A grand reception has been organised for Ram Nath Kovind", added Vaghani". BJP and BJD leaders of the state accorded rousing welcome to Kovind. After lunch, Kovind thanked BJD for supporting his candidature.

Union minister for tribal affairs Jual Oram, state BJP president Basant Panda, Singhdeo, former BJP minister Manmohan Samal, senior BJP leader Sajjan Sharma, Odisha finance minister Shashi Bhusan Behera, BJD vice-president Debi Mishra and Patro received him at the airport. However, the chief minister ruled out the possibility of cross voting from BJD in the presidential election.

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