Opposition up in arms against Centre over Presidential nominee Kovind

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22 June, 2017

It is not clear whether the board will announce its candidate on Monday as a party leader said it may authorise Shah to take a call. Why should we be interested if you want a person who will work only for Dalits?

After pitching for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat as the next president, Shiv Sena on Friday also proposed the name of leading agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan for the post, reported DNA.

Uddhav said he would take the final decision on Kovind's candidature after consultations with his colleagues on Tuesday. "The Shiv Sena has always kept away from such vote-bank politics", Thackeray said on Monday night at a rally to mark the party's 51st foundation day celebrations. Uddhav will have to back Kovind for the presidential polls as the Sena is NDA's ally and shares power with the BJP in the state and at the Centre, said observers.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said she is not satisfied with Ram Nath Kovind's political ideology, but can not reject his Dalit background.

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However, earlier there were indications that the Sena may not announce its decision immediately and adopt a wait-and-watch policy till Thursday when the opposition parties finalise their candidate.

"The decision, however, was welcomed by some of the political leaders including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao". He, however, said a detailed discussion would be held on the matter within the JD (U). "I have told them about my views".

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 24.

The nomination is expected to be submitted on June 23 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be present for the submission before he departs for the USA the next day.


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