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JD (U) to discuss support for Kovind tomorrow

ANI  |  Patna (Bihar) [India] 

has called a meeting of senior (United) leaders on Wednesday to discuss extension of support to the Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president.

(BJP) President on Monday announced Governor Ram Nath Kovind would be the government's candidate for the country's top post.

After this announcement, Nitish had Kovind at Raj Bhawan in and extended his wishes.

Though Nitish expressed happiness that the Governor would be the NDA's candidate for the President elections, he said a detailed discussion would be held on the matter within the JD(U).

Nitish also said that "I had a word with Laluji and Sonia Gandhi, and there will be discussion on this. I have told them about my views".

It is likely that the JD (U) leaders would be deliberating upon all the pros and cons of the latest development for the July 17 Presidential polls. JD (U) has been a part of the opposition's joint initiative on the presidential elections.

The opposition is against Kovind's name being finalised for the post of president on grounds that they were not consulted prior to the announcement. The Shiv Sena, an ally of the NDA, also alleged that Kovind's name was not discussed.

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17. President Pranab Mukherjee will demit office on July 24.

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First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 13:33 IST