JD(U) to support Kovind, won't attend oppn meeting

Postado Junho 24, 2017

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also welcomed the NDA government's decision. When we asked on whom they want to build consensus, they had no answer then.

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday extended his support to NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, saying that he is a deserving candidate.

Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed happiness that the Bihar Governor would be the NDA's candidate for the President elections.

Ramasamy objected to this and said his party did not behave like that. (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar has taken such a position, it is for him.

Fissures among the opposition parties are loud and clear as the Janata Dal (United) has announced to back BJP's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

It remains to be seen if 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.

However, the JD (U), which skipped today's opposition meet after announcing support to the former Bihar Governor, said that party's decision was an "isolated incident" and that it will not affect opposition's unity in putting up a joint fight against NDA government in 2019 polls.

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.

"There will be a far clear, coherent and an articulate answer available after the opposition meeting", he said.

Earlier in the day President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignation of Ramnath Kovind as the Governor of Bihar a day after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) named him as its Presidential nominee. The INLD would take a call depending on the Opposition's candidate. The names of Sushil Kumar Shinde, Prakash Ambedkar and Meira Kumar have been doing the rounds.

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.