Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is set to be India’s 14th president with the Bharatiya Janata Party announcing the little-known Dalit activist as its nominee for the country’s top constitutional job.
Nitish Kumar had termed the opposition’s stance as “losing strategy” and called for a better strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) presidential nominee Kovind will visit Srinagar on June 28 as part of the ongoing campaign, seeking support from its alliance partner, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kovind will be accompanied by Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Jitendra Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) general secretary and party in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav.
Kovind, along with leaders, would meet the BJP and the PDP members of parliament to seek their support.
Yesterday, Kovind met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, after filing his nomination papers to seek support from BJP MPs and MLAs for the presidential post.
Congress’ candidate for President Polls Meira Kumar on Monday joined micro-blogging-site Twitter.
The development has come at a time when the spat between the congress party and External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj is making headlines in wake of the President election slated for July 17.
Kumar made her debut on the occasion of Eid, tweeting, “Eid Mubarak! Joy, peace and prosperity to all.”
Post Kumar’s name was tabled by the opposition parties for the post of President, Swaraj last week posted an old video of the former titled “This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition”
The video shows the Parliament session of 2013 in business and Kumar relentlessly interrupting Swaraj who was making a speech highlighting the corruption of the UPA regime.
However, retorting to Swaraj’s move the Congress posted a video of the Union Minister heaping praises of the grand old party veteran.
At Kumar’s farewell in 2013, Swaraj told the House, “I want that we all fight the elections with integrity. And I am a fan of you. What Vasudev ji said in public, I have told you multiple times in person; your nature and the quality of not being angry/agitated contributes the most to the proper functioning of this House.”
The nomination process for the presidential elections will continue till June 28.
The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17, as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 24