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As Opposition fumes, Centre seeks support for Kovind

The home minister conveyed best wishes to Kovind on his nomination.With its decision on support, the Sena thus joins the National Democratic Alliance ranks for the first time in 15 years in a presidential election, after acting tough for a couple of months in the run-up to the election to the top elected post in the country. “So, BJD has chose to extend its support to Kovind”, he said.Congress officials meanwhile conveyed that CM Kumar appeared anxious as to not be seen contesting against a “Mahadalit” candidate.Responding to a question that if Sena will support the opposition parties if they field a Dalit candidate, Thackeray said his stand will not change now.Officially, CM Kumar has refused to commit any support to the BJP candidate.”I am happy that Ramnath Kovind has been nominated for the post of the President and he is going to be the President of India for sure”.However, the decision did not go down well with some of the political parties with Congress alleging that the announcement was made without taking the grand old party into confidence while BJP’s ally Shev Sena termed it a political move to lure vote bank. He is a good parliamentarian.”Refuting Congress and other opposition parties” assertion that NDA didn’t build consensus on the name of presidential nominee, he said the central government doesn’t want to involve in any controversy by commenting on it.”We built consensus on his name”. While speaking to India Today, Patil said that she was expecting a Dalit candidate, albeit a consensus candidate.Yechury said, “Kovind ji was the chief of RSS’s Dalit branch”.”If they have declared Kovind’s name for getting Dalit votes, then we are not interested”.”They should speak in favor of rights and oppose the wrongs”, he said.Mr. Mukherjee completes his five-year term on July 24, 2017.They also said the party picked a candidate from politically crucial state keeping in mind the the next general election.Another aspect of Kovind’s candidature merits mention: the excessive emphasis, both in media commentary and in the political calculations that underlie his nomination, on his Dalit identity.