Presidential Election 2017: Oppositions To Meet On June 22

Presidential Election 2017: Oppositions To Meet On June 22

From banning adult content on television to introducing BR Ambedkar's image on 1000-rupee notes, BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind addressed a wide range of subjects as a Member of Parliament.

Meanwhile, Kovind resigned on Tuesday as governor of Bihar and President Pranab Mukherjee accepted his resignation. "In turn, I suggested him two names which he said the BJP will consider", Thackeray said referring to Shah's meeting with him on Sunday.

However, it remains to be seen how the Shiv Sena reacts to the development, though BJP leaders say all allies are on board or will be after the party reaches out to them. We conveyed the decision to all the opposition parties. "An intellectual with high values belonging to the Dalit community is very apt in all respects for the president's post", N Chandrababu Naidu, chief of the TDP, told PM Modi.

Similarly, NDA's ally the Republican Party of India (A) leader Ramdas Athawale also welcomed Shiv Sena's support to the Dalit candidate. If elected, Kovind will be India's second Dalit president, KR Narayanan having been the first.

Born in a poor family on 1 October, 1945 in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat district, to parents who were small farmers, Kovind studied to become a lawyer.

The BJP's parliamentary board backed the nomination of Ram Nath Kovind, governor of Bihar, Amit Shah told a news conference in New Delhi.

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader Keshav Mahanta, who is also the Assam Science, Technology and IT Minister, said that the party would vote for Ram Nath Kovind, NDA's presidential candidate. Election to new vice president will be held in August. A Day after BJP announced the candidate, the opposition started breaking.

In picking Kovind, a Dalit from UP, the BJP has put the Opposition on the backfoot, forcing the likes of the BSP and JD (U) to make a hard choice. If they support Kovind, they will be breaking Opposition's unity, and if they oppose him, they stood the risk of being branded anti-Dalit. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has selected a strong candidate.

Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, virtually the entire council of union ministers, NDA chief ministers and MPs and MLAs from across the country will be among proposers and seconders of his candidature.

Besides, nearly all other BJP allies have announced their support to Kovind with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan calling it a "political masterstroke".

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.