Meira Kumar, the opposition's presidential candidate, on Sunday appealed to members of the electoral college to "heed the inner voice of conscience" while casting their vote in the July 17 election as the President's office "cannot function to serve narrow political interests".
However, the Bihar Chief Minister completely negated the possibility of a rethink on his decision: "There is no question of changing the decision as it has been taken by the party's core committee".
"If someone like Sushil Kumar Shinde was made the candidate, we would not have been so anxious".
Kumar's repeated "Alright", "Thank you", "Okay", "I have to proceed" and similar words for at least 60 times during the next 120 seconds of Swaraj speech. However, Meira Kumar is someone who has been very closely associated with Bihar and knows many of our leaders at a personal level.
"All the leaders have decided that we will support Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president".
The ruling NDA government has nominated Bihar Governor Kovind for the position for the post of Indian President.
The Opposition - Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI), and other parties - met on Thursday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) decision on Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind, following which they announced their candidate.
"The BJP government didn't even consult other political parties before announcing the name of Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President".
In the open letter to the members of the collegium, she said, they have the unique privilege to make history.
In 2011, Kumar had overruled Swaraj's objections to her decision to allow Lok Sabha secretary general T K Vishwanathan an extension of one year. We have an ideological fight with the BJP. "Had the BJP agreed on it, we would have supported him". Now a daughter of Bihar has been named as the presidential candidate.
According to left sources, it was also surprising that the names they considered were "not even discussed and proposed" when the Opposition leaders met in Delhi yesterday to decide their joint candidate Ahead of the meeting, the left parties had made a decision to propose Gandhi, who is Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, and B R Ambedkar's grandson Prakash. The BJP state leadership has directed its MLAs and MPs from the state to remain united in support of Kovind. "There is a feeling that some non-Congress contender should have been considered", the sources said.