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No question of going back to NDA: JD(U)

“On one hand Nitish ji takes initiative to form national “Mahagatbandhan”, while on the other he supports NDA President candidate”, RJD’s RP Singh told news agency ANI.The election of the lawyer-turned politician as the 14th president in any case is a virtual certainty because of assurance of support by some non-NDA regional parties.JD (U)’s decision was announced on Wednesday by party MLA Ratnesh Sada who informed reporters in Patna that Kumar had directed party legislators to support Kovind’s candidature as he was a “good man”. (Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U chief) Nitish Kumar or the JD-U did not initiate the idea of a united opposition.”This move, however, must not be seen from a political lens as this is an isolated incident and the Grand Alliance in Bihar remains intact and strong”, Tyagi hurriedly added. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, former Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, BR Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar, and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and former bureaucrat Gopal Krishna Gandhi are said to be the front runners.With the backing of parties outside the alliance like TRS (2 per cent), AIADMK (5.39 per cent), YSR Congress (1.53 per cent) and BJD (2.99 per cent), the NDA’s support would cross the half way mark comfortably to reach almost 61 per cent in the July 17 battle.Led by the Congress Party, the opposition will meet on Thursday to decide whether to back Kovind as a consensus candidate or to choose another contender as their workhorse, although with little success. Though Kumar’s government in Bihar is supported by Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, he still chose to tread his own path even before a decision was taken on the issue.Soon after the BJP announced Kovind’s name as its candidate for the July 17 presidential election, Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi offered their support.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called me seeking support for BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) presidential candidate”.The opposition has alleged that the NDA finalised Kovind’s name for the post of President without consulting them prior to the announcement. We have to wait and watch whether they are able to emerge out of their political bankruptcy. He (Nitish) also supported demonetisation.