The AIADMK (Amma), led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, on Wednesday announced support to the NDA’s Presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind.
“BJP chief Amit Shah had a word with me and we have accepted his request and chose to support Ram Nath Kovind”, he added.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had already declared Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar Governor, as NDA’s candidate for the presidential election.
Earlier in the day, JDU leader KC Tyagi on the behalf of the party said, “We chose to extend support to NDA’s presidential candidate #RamNathKovind as his tenure as Governor had been peaceful”.
“We are confident he will perform as a good administrator”, he said when asked about Kovinds RSS background and reports that opposition Congress may also field a Dalit candidate against NDAs pick.
JD (U) leaders said they are happy with Kovind’s selection and that it is the matter of Bihar’s development.
The Left party will discuss the issue wihin itself before Opposition leaders meet on June 22, the sources added. “I am bound to pay my respect to him (Kovind) after declaration of his candidature for the post of the President India”, the chief minister had said. That a fight is definitely on the cards became clear today when Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Kovind was a “political candidate” and therefore “his candidature will be faced politically”. Votes in the presidential elections will be counted on July 20, three days after voting.
After holding consultations with his party colleagues, KCR too offered his support.
A lawyer by profession, Kovind had also been BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief (1998-2002) and president of the All-India Koli Samaj. We have a meeting tomorrow.
It remains to be seen how the JD-U, BSP and Samajwadi Party, with a total vote value of over 5 per cent, vote. Kovind was the “best selection” for the highest post which also highlighted the commitment of the NDA to downtrodden sections.
“When the Congress had the opportunity to elect a Dalit President when they were in power, did they not find Meira Kumar suitable?”