Prez poll: With 63% of votes in bag, Kovind win seems certain

Posted June 24, 2017

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ruled out any change in his party's stand on supporting the NDA's presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind and attacked the Congress for propping up "Bihar ki beti" Meira Kumar as the opposition's candidate for a lost cause.

"At a time when we would be celebrating 75 years of independence after a few years, I will strive to see that the dream to build a new India, which is developing continuously, is fulfilled", the BJP leader said.

The Opposition is clear that victory will not be possible without extensive cross voting by parties like the AIADMK, and possible support of the Biju Janata Dal though no one thinks this is likely.

He further said that by fielding Kovind as their Presidential candidate, the BJP has proved that it is committed to give respect to all the section of the society. "This is a conspiracy" he said.

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Kovind is widely expected to sail through the election comfortably.

After the NDA came to power in May 2014, Kovind (71) was made the Bihar Governor in 2015. "We are very happy with this, it is a matter of Bihar's development", Senior JD (U) leader Ratnesh Sada said after meeting all party leaders.

Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said the President of India is above politics. They presented figures claiming to have already more than 47 percent of votes, actually closer to 49 percent of votes, which in a way might have influenced decision of other smaller parties and might have led them to back the NDA candidate. "It's an important decision", NCP leader Majid Memon questioned.

He also said that he would do everything to maintain the dignity of Indian President's post. Three set of nomination were filed on his behalf. Noteworthy that the NDA, even before declaring their candidates, expressed extreme confidence in winning the Presidential Elections of 2017.

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Only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah picked Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA's presidential candidate, the Congress chose to field Kumar, Adityanath told reporters after Kovind filed his nomination papers.

Kovind filed his nomination at Parliament House.

But before that, Mr Kejriwal was an enthusiastic participant in the opposition's protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he announced his shock decision to ban high-denomination notes.

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