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Dinakaran Extends Support to BJP Candidate in Prez Polls

“But, they announced the name of Ram Nath Kovind without consulting us”, Reddy said, criticising the BJP for not going for a consensus candidate for the top post.”I have a lot of respect for Meira Kumar ji but the Bihar ki beti has been nominated only to lose”, Nitish was quoted as saying by Times Now.We have today decided on “Bihar ki beti” and “great” dalit leader Jagjivan Ram’s daughter.Panneerselvam said following a request from BJP National President Amit Shah, the AIADMK PTA has made a decision to support Kovind for the President’s post. His Dalit background makes him a sound political choice for the BJP party working overtime to woo Dalits. And as far as JD (U) is concerned, it has always taken independent decisions, even when we were a part of NDA.All chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and its allies except Manohar Parrikar of Goa and Mehbooba Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir were present.Bitterness between chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad was visible at the Iftar Party hosted by Lalu at his Patna residence on Friday.Asked if Kumar had “betrayed” opposition unity, Yadav had said, “Whether one has committed betrayal or not, Nitish Kumar would know better”. Ram Nath Kovind’s role as Bihar Governor has been admirable, he worked impartially.”We do not know the reasons behind both Patnaik and Kumar supporting the NDA candidate”, Reddy said adding, the CPI will contact the BJD and JD (U) before the presidential polls.He also recalled that it was Nitish Kumar’s JD-U which initiated the discussions for a joint opposition candidate against an NDA nominee.The Shiv Sena, Janata Dal (United), All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) including O Panneerselvam have backed Kovind for the post of President.However, political parties in Tripura seem to have mostly opposed Kovind, BJP’s dark horse for the Presidential election this year, save BJP itself of course.”It transcends the considerations of caste, religion or region”, she said.The opposition met yesterday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) decision to field Kovind as their presidential nominee, following which they announced their candidate in the form of Meira Kumar.