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BJD supports NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in Presidential polls

The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha and 20 in the Lok Sabha

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Raisina Hill, Parliament,  illuminted, Republic Day
A view of the Raisina Hill and Parliament in New Delhi.

Biju president and Chief Minister today announced his party's support to presidential poll candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

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



Elaborating the reasons behind BJD's support to the candidate, Patnaik said Ram Nath Kovind is an eminent lawyer belonging to the scheduled caste community.

"The office of the President of is above political consideration and Biju wants to keep it above the politics," he said.

Stating that the prime minister spoke to him about the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind, Patnaik said, "He (PM) sought BJD's support in this regard."

"As you know, the last time when presidential elections were held, BJD had proposed the name of P A Sangma, an eminent leader from the tribal community. Based on the request of BJD, many parties including the BJP had supported his nomination," he said.

Asked whether BJD supported the candidate out of any pressure, party spokesman dismissed it and said "We continue to maintain equal distance from both BJP and Congress. The post of the President of is above party politics."

Even as several regional parties either indicated their support or opposition to the NDA's presidential pick, Patnaik initially kept everyone guessing as regards his party's stance on the issue saying he will first discuss the matter with senior party leaders.

Out of the 21 Lok Sabha MPs from Odisha, 20 belong to the BJD. The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha, besides the support of an independent MP, and 117 MLAs in the state assembly.

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BJD supports NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in Presidential polls

The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha and 20 in the Lok Sabha

The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha and 20 in the Lok Sabha Biju president and Chief Minister today announced his party's support to presidential poll candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

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

Elaborating the reasons behind BJD's support to the candidate, Patnaik said Ram Nath Kovind is an eminent lawyer belonging to the scheduled caste community.

"The office of the President of is above political consideration and Biju wants to keep it above the politics," he said.

Stating that the prime minister spoke to him about the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind, Patnaik said, "He (PM) sought BJD's support in this regard."

"As you know, the last time when presidential elections were held, BJD had proposed the name of P A Sangma, an eminent leader from the tribal community. Based on the request of BJD, many parties including the BJP had supported his nomination," he said.

Asked whether BJD supported the candidate out of any pressure, party spokesman dismissed it and said "We continue to maintain equal distance from both BJP and Congress. The post of the President of is above party politics."

Even as several regional parties either indicated their support or opposition to the NDA's presidential pick, Patnaik initially kept everyone guessing as regards his party's stance on the issue saying he will first discuss the matter with senior party leaders.

Out of the 21 Lok Sabha MPs from Odisha, 20 belong to the BJD. The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha, besides the support of an independent MP, and 117 MLAs in the state assembly.
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BJD supports NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in Presidential polls

The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha and 20 in the Lok Sabha

Biju president and Chief Minister today announced his party's support to presidential poll candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

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

Elaborating the reasons behind BJD's support to the candidate, Patnaik said Ram Nath Kovind is an eminent lawyer belonging to the scheduled caste community.

"The office of the President of is above political consideration and Biju wants to keep it above the politics," he said.

Stating that the prime minister spoke to him about the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind, Patnaik said, "He (PM) sought BJD's support in this regard."

"As you know, the last time when presidential elections were held, BJD had proposed the name of P A Sangma, an eminent leader from the tribal community. Based on the request of BJD, many parties including the BJP had supported his nomination," he said.

Asked whether BJD supported the candidate out of any pressure, party spokesman dismissed it and said "We continue to maintain equal distance from both BJP and Congress. The post of the President of is above party politics."

Even as several regional parties either indicated their support or opposition to the NDA's presidential pick, Patnaik initially kept everyone guessing as regards his party's stance on the issue saying he will first discuss the matter with senior party leaders.

Out of the 21 Lok Sabha MPs from Odisha, 20 belong to the BJD. The party has eight members in the Rajya Sabha, besides the support of an independent MP, and 117 MLAs in the state assembly.

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