Congress to oppose Ram Nath Kovind because of RSS-BJP ideology

Posted June 26, 2017

The ruling BJP yesterday announced Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its Presidential candidate.

Similarly, Biswajit Daimary also announced his party's decision to support the NDA candidate and appealed to the other opposition parties to support the NDA's candidate.

By picking Meira Kumar, 72, to contest against Mr Kovind, the opposition has turned it into a Dalit vs Dalit battle, seen as strategy to ensure the support of leaders like Mayawati, who said it would be hard for her to vote against a Dalit leader for the top post.

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. The Sharad Pawar-led party is still holding internal discussions to decide on its strategy for the July 17 presidential election.

Kovind, a lawyer, two-time Rajya Sabha MP and former president of the BJP's Dalit Morcha, is likely to file his papers on 23 June.

"We have unitedly made a decision to fulfill the wish of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi by supporting BJP's candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president", Palanisamy said.

Call it destiny or sheer coincidence, BJP's Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind was denied entry to the President's Shimla summer holiday resort barely three weeks back.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that the fact that the Opposition Janata Dal (United) has extended support to Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President, speaks volumes about his acceptability among non-NDA parties. Both factions of the AIADMK are supporting Kovind's candidature in the Presidential polls. "But, JD (U) and its national president Nitish Kumar will continue to make his efforts for the opposition's unity".

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Mr. Thackeray said all the party legislators and MPs will support Ram Nath Kovind, nearly clearing his way to Raisina Hill.

Meanwhile, continuing his canvassing of party elders, Ram Nath Kovind met former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today to seek his blessings. "Let us see how many parties are going to attend", he said.