Ram Nath Kovind files nomination for Presidential election

Presidential Elections 2017 Meira Kumar Ram Nath Kovind Opposition presidential candidate NDA presidential candidate Lalu JDU Nitish on presidential elections

Expressing joy over the fact that she was unanimously selected as Opposition's Presidential nominee by 17 political parties, Kumar said they are deciding on the date of filing the nomination.

After, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced his support to NDA candidate for the presidential election, Ram Vilas Paswan in his statement to TOI, apprecited his support saying the Bihar CM seems to be uncomfortable sharing the power with Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal.

When asked if the party would boycott the Presidential elections, the source reportedly said they will not boycott it and instead will take part in the democratic and constitutional process.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad at a Roza-Iftaar party hosted by the latter in Patna on Friday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the Congress was not Honest towards the Dalits or the Dalit cause.

The NSG commandos will move around with Kovind, who is expected to travel across the country extensively to meet legislators and leaders of political parties to seek support for his candidature.

Meira Kumar is the daughter of late Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram and she belongs to Arrah district in Bihar. He is non-controversial, educated and experienced and has been good as Bihar Governor.

He said the BSP will endorse the nomination papers of Meira Kumar. We are not supporting or opposing a person. "It was a well-thought decision based on merit", he said.

He said the JD (U) took the decision after considering all aspects and the election for the top office should not be a matter of confrontation. They presented figures claiming to have already more than 47 percent of votes, actually closer to 49 percent of votes, which in a way might have influenced decision of other smaller parties and might have led them to back the NDA candidate. Kovind was the governor of Bihar before being chosen as the NDA nominee for the 17 July presidential polls billed as a "dalit versus dalit" contest.

The CPI-M proposed the name of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, but he ruled himself out of the race after the BJP announced Kovind's name. We should rather make a strategy for 2019.

The NDA, including the Shiv Sena and the PDP of Jammu and Kashmir, commands the support of 48.93 per cent in the electoral college made up of MPs and MLAs. All the parties were reached for their support.

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