“All those who are members of the electoral college.I will meet leaders of major political parties and seek their support.I hope that every citizen will support me”, he said. Can they afford to oppose the candidature of a Dalit candidate?
The decision was announced after the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting that took place in Delhi.
The opposition is against Kovind’s name being finalised for the post of president on grounds that they were not consulted prior to the announcement.
“Modi and Shah have shrewdly ensured that they cause a strategic split in the opposition camp while getting an ideological fellow traveller into Rashtrapati Bhavan”, wrote journalist Swati Chaturvedi on the NDTV news website, referring to the president’s official residence. The opposition will take a call on whether or not to put up a candidate against Kovind on June 22.
The BJP by nominating the low-profile nominee the party has played Dalit card with a bang. I don’t want to comment on this.
On the first occasion, then-Sena leader Bal Thackeray suppported Patil because she was the first Maharashtrian and woman to occupy the top constitutional post.
Kovind, a lawyer, two-term Rajya Sabha MP and former president of the BJPs Dalit Morcha, is likely to file his papers on June 23.
India’s Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (pic) tweeted that Ram Nath Kovind would “make an exceptional president”. “Now, they have named a person with RSS background. We expected that before they take a final decision they will come back to us and the other opposition parties”, Congress general secretary Ghulam Nahi Azad said. “This is not a very mature decision”, she said.
“Soon after the BJP announced its presidential nominee, Nitish talked to [Rashtriya Janata Dal chief] Lalu Prasad and tried to convince him the necessity of supporting Kovind because he belongs to a Mahadalit caste”, said a senior Janata Dal (United) leader considered close to the Bihar chief minister. So, she has just gone the other way by saying that a Dalit is welcomed, but not a Dalit from a particular political ideology which of course is now being hinted at the RSS. “The post of the President of India is above party politics”. “Somebody of Sushma’s (Sushma Swaraj) or Advani’s (BJP veteran LK Advani) stature should have been chosen”. Uddhav Thackeray said that if someone is trying to make a Dalit a President with the goal of gaining a vote bank then the party will not support such a decision.
As to whether the JD-U will back his candidature, Nitish Kumar said: “It is hard to say at this point of time”.