NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind quits as Bihar Governor

NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind quits as Bihar Governor

Kovind has resigned from the gubernatorial post following his nomination as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate.

"On the BJP fielding a Dalit candidate, Azad said, ".I don't want to comment on this.I don't want to comment on the merits and demerits of the candidate".

They also said the party picked a candidate from politically crucial state keeping in mind the the next general election. They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials.

"Although Kovind has been associated with the RSS and the BJP from the beginning but since he is a Dalit, our party's stand towards him can not be negative".

The Sena meeting comes a day after Thackeray accused the BJP of playing Dalit vote-bank politics and of fielding Kovind merely to capture Dalit votes. "It will be positive, provided Opposition parties do not field any Dalit for the post who is more capable and popular than him", she said.

However, there are indications that the Sena may not announce its decision immediately and may adopt a wait-and-watch policy till Thursday when the opposition parties finalise their candidate.

Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's closest adviser and top campaign strategist, played up the humble origins of Kovind, 71, who has served two terms in the Rajya Sabha and is a practising lawyer. However, the Bihar Chief Minister has conveyed to his opposition colleagues that he would stand by their decision.

Mayawati told ANI that it could have been better if BJP would have selected a name from a non-political background.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said that their respective parties have offered full support to the NDA on their selection of the presidential candidate.

Yechury said, "Kovind ji was the chief of RSS's Dalit branch". They said that when they decide, they will come back to us with a proposal.

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.