Indian Government Party Appoints its Presidential Candidate

Left Says It Will Push For President Election'Battle Of Ideologies

If elected, he will be India's second Dalit president after K R Narayanan, who served from 1997 to 2002.

He said Prime Minister Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah have chosen a really good person, who is honest and hardworking. I have spoken to two or three other Opposition leaders, they are also surprised. Kovind is likely to file his nomination on June 23.

He said he congratulated Kovind on his nomination.

Meanwhile, celebrations began outside the BJP office in Lucknow after Kovind was declared NDA presidential candidate.

Earlier in the day, O'Brien took a dig at BJP by tweeting that he had to log on to Wikipedia and enquire about nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Modi said with an illustrious background in the legal arena, Kovind's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.

"I am not for a moment saying that the Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President". Apart from Khattar, the state's Agriculture Minister Om Parkash Dhankar also congratulated Kovind, an official release said here.

The Opposition YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh announced its support to the NDA's Presidential candidate with its president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy affirming that his party would back a Dalit leader.

The BJP's parliamentary board meeting, which was attended by Modi, picked the one-time Supreme Court lawyer after it went through a "long list" of names, Shah said, declining to reveal the other contenders.

However, the SP patriarch made it clear that opposition candidate will only lick the dust in this Presidential elections. They have chose to meet on June 22 to take a call on fielding a candidate against the ruling's party's nominee. "And after discussing with the senior leaders of the party, he extended the support of the TRS to the BJP candidate", the statement said. "But they informed us after taking a decision". "But it is their will, they are free to take a one-sided unilateral decision", Azad added. However, Lalu, who is his main ally and the Congress, who is their junior partner in Bihar, feel that it's imperative to push for an election for Rashtrapati Bhavan to make it clear that they can not rally behind the likelihood of the first-ever BJP leader as President of India.

Voting for the next president is scheduled on July 17, while the counting will take place on July 20.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the BJP "unilaterally" selected Kovind and the non-NDA parties will take the decision "keeping in mind the country's history that the ruling and opposition parties contested the polls on all occasion except once". "Now, they have named a person with RSS background. If he wants to say anything on the matter of inefficiency or corruption, he is most welcome", he said.

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