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NDA’s Presidential pick: Nitish ‘happy’, Mayawati says ‘stand positive’; Congress calls it ‘unilateral decision’

Image result for Ram Nath KovindNEW DELHI: The BJP’s pick for Presidential nominee seems to have left the opposition divided with at least two prominent leaders welcoming decision to nominate Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as NDA’s candidate for President’s post.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday expressed happiness over Ram Nath Kovind’s candidature+ for the President’s post while BSP chief Mayawati making it clear that her party’s stand will be positive provided opposition does not field any dalit for the top post.

“Kovind has discharged his duties in an unbiased manner as the Bihar Governor. He has worked as per the Constitution and upheld the dignity of the Governor’s post. His was an ideal relation with the state government,” Nitish Kumar said after meeting Kovind at Raj Bhavan+ .

Nitish congratulated Kovind, a dalit leader from the Bharatiya Janata Party, on his nomination as the National Democratic Alliance candidate, and added that “I am personally glad he is the presidential candidate”.

However, Nitish did not commit on his party’s support for the NDA nominee.

“It is difficult to say at this point of time. I had talks with Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on this issue. We will discuss the issue later and decide,” Nitish said.

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