Not a tall Dalit leader, says Mamata

Not a tall Dalit leader, says Mamata

Earlier today, BJP had named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA candidate for the top post.

"Ram Nath comes from a Dalit family and has struggled a lot".

Kovind was BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief and president of the All-India Koli Samaj.

The Opposition had said they would announce their candidates only after the ruling party had picked theirs.

He said the meetings with opposition parties was a formality.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah announced the name of Kovind, 71, after a almost two-hour meeting of the BJP parliamentary board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others, ending all suspense about the NDA's candidature for the top constitutional post. With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.

Kovind also used to lead a BJP unit that represents Dalits, a community at the bottom of the traditional caste hierarchy of Hinduism.

"The Bihar governor is a man of great integrity and honesty", said Shaibal Gupta, director of the Asian Development Research Institute in Patna.

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Stating that the prime minister spoke to him about the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind, Patnaik said, "He (PM) sought BJD's support in this regard".

The Congress was unimpressed, however, and accused the ruling party of making a "unilateral announcement". "The final call will be taken on June 22", leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said. Both of the parties have differences with the latter on the issue of imposition of Hindi and cattle slaughter. He was a member of the 13th Lok Sabha.

"I am not for a moment saying that the Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President. I did", he said.

The BJP chief said the name had been discussed with all NDA allies and opposition leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Second, it also means that Opposition parties will face trouble opposing his name. They said that they wanted to build a consensus.

Mamata said the office of President was a key post and "someone of the stature of Pranab Mukherjee, or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani ji should have been made the candidate". But other parties like the TRS, which is in power in Telangana, were unambiguous in their support.

The President is the ceremonial head-of-state and elected by parliamentarians and lawmakers of state legislative assemblies.

The electoral college appears to be tilted toward the NDA despite ally Shiv Sena continuing the suspense over whether or not it would support Mr Kovind. He enjoys a clean image, has impeccable credentials and has the potential to emerge as the consensus candidate, they add.

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