NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday met Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami, rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam and Puducherry legislators, who assured support for his candidacy.
Mr Kovind had separate meetings with Mr Palaniswami and Mr Panneerselvam.
Praising Mr Kovind, the chief minister said he overcame socio-economic barriers and made his way up through hard work, honesty and dedication.
Mr Panneerselvam said, “Though his victory is assured, we express our appreciation for his (Kovind’s) political decency in visiting us to seek our support.”
Recalling the friendship between PM Modi and Jayalalithaa, he said his party’s support to Kovind was its reflection.
The former chief minister said if Amma were alive, she would have supported Kovind’s candidature.
Union ministers JP Nadda, Pon Radhakrishnan, Lok Sabha M Thambidurai, BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP leader Muralidhar Rao took part in the meeting.
Mr Kovind thanked the leaders for their support to his candidature.
Earlier in the day, Mr Kovind met Puducherry legislators and the lone Lok Sabha member from the Union Territory.