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The JD-U on Wednesday decided to back the NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for President and skip the opposition meeting in New Delhi on Thursday, bringing to the surface cracks in the opposition.
"JD-U has decided to support Kovind in the presidential election.
Since the party has decided to support the NDA nominee, there is no need to attend the meeting of the opposition parties convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi," Janata Dal-United spokesman Rajiv Ranjan told IANS.
He also said that the party's decision has been conveyed to Gandhi and Lalu Prasad, the chief of coalition partner RJD.