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Gwen Vasquez
June 20, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has backed National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) Presidential nominee Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind and has said that with his illustrious background in the legal arena, the latter's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution would benefit the nation. The Centre apprised the senior leaders, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh about the announcement over phone after taking the decision.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu pointed out that the choice of Governor Kovind should meet all the expectations of the opposition. India is already going through a rough phase, be it Darjeeling, Mandsaur or Kashmir; to hold these issues together, we need a person whom we can trust. He headed the BJP's Dalit wing for three years from 1999. "The party will discuss the decision and decide on its support soon". "He is a Dalit leader and we hope he will continue work for the backward section of the society", he said.

She added that her party is also of opinion that it would have been better if NDA had named some non-political Dalit person as President nominee.

Virtually expressing her partys reservation about the candidature of Kovind, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said he was nominated only because he had been a leader of the BJPs Dalit Morcha in the past. "If the NDA rival group fields another Dalit as presidential candidate, what stand he will take?" asked Mishra.

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Accusing the NDA of not bringing up Kovind's name during the previous discussions, Banerjee said that their decision is not a consensus decision.

Governor Kovind's Dalit background - a move by the BJP to consolidate its growing support among backward castes and poorer voters - has placed the opposition in a dilemma on whether to support him or not.

"After discussing with senior party leaders, BJD has made a decision to support the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind", Patnaik told reporters after receiving a telephone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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