NDA's Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind files nomination

Ram Nath Kovind files nomination for Presidential election

While Sena claimed it was not invited, BJP leaders blamed it on a "miscommunication".

Speaking on the occasion, Yogi Adityanath expressed his gratitude to the senior BJP leadership for nominating a politician born in UP for the supreme post.

Daughter of late Indian Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram, Meira Kumar has served in the diplomatic service of the country as an Indian Foreign Service officer before becoming Lok Sabha Speaker during the UPA rule.

Besides the BJP and its NDA allies, the TRS, YSRCP, AIADMK, BJD and the JD (U) have also announced their support to him.

"Just because all factions of the AIADMK are supporting the NDA candidate, we can not say we will merge", he said.

"They have projected Mr. Ram Nath Kovind as their candidate". The second nomination was filed in Hindi, endorsed by Shah and other leaders.

In the fourth set, proposer Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be present.

A fourth set will be filed June 28, the last date of filing of nominations.

The joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar is likely to bag around 4 lakh votes despite the support of many regional parties like the RJD, traditional rivals the SP and the BSP and the TMC and the CPI-M. The term of current president Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24, 2017. The first was K R Narayanan, who was in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1997-2002.

A former BJP MP, Kovind told the media after filing his nomination that he has had no party affiliation since he became the Bihar Governor after Modi took power in New Delhi in 2014.

After Srinagar, he will travel to Panchkula in Haryana on Thursday, and meet MPs and MLAs from Punjab and Haryana.

He enjoys a clean reputation and has steered clear of controversy in his over 26-year-old political career. On Sunday, Kumar had urged MPs and MLAs to rise above political interests and vote according to their conscience.

Of the 776 MPs in the presidential election collegium, Kovind has the support of 524, including 337 of the BJP, while his opponent, Meira Kumar, has the support of 235.

Aam Admi Party AAP leader Dr. Salil Saha declined to comment anything in particular on Kovind since he wasn't sure about the stand of his party-line.


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