"I have told them about my views".
Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, nearly the entire council of Union ministers, NDA chief ministers and MPs and MLAs from across the country will be among proposers and seconders of his candidature. I thank Nitish Kumar for his party's support.
Thackeray had said that his party will not back Kovind if his candidature is aimed at garnering Dalit votes.
The Prime Minister said that Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.
Earlier, Sena had on Monday said that it will announce its decision on Tuesday. So there is no question of mutual consent.
"Based on that and the BJP president's request, it has been unanimously chose to back Kovind", he told reporters here.
Unwilling to support a candidate with an RSS background, the Left parties have shared their own list of candidates with Congress, and the final decision will be taken at an opposition meet on June 22. "If he fails to do so, people of Bihar will know once and for all that the Chief Minister's words don't have any meaning", Modi said adding Bihar was once again in the same place where it was during the Fodder Scam.
According to the country's rules, any Indian voter above the age of 35 years is eligible to contest the presidential poll with the mandatory signatures of 50 proposers and as many seconders from the list of electors.
Other non-NDA parties who supported Kovind include All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and YSR Congress Party. "His candidature will lead to the development of Bihar", Ratnesh Sada, JDU MLA, said.
The Left parties are also reported to be rooting for Prakash Ambedkar, a former Member of Parliament and grandson of BR Ambedkar. Sources said that on May 29, he went to see Siyog, Shimla's famous catchment area forest.
"If that is so, we are not interested in backing him".
Secondly, the strategy behind the selection of Kovind was to checkmate the Opposition and send a message to the Dalits that the BJP stood by the deprived community. But instead of coming to us with the proposal they announced the candidate.