NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind will visit Gujarat tomorrow as part of his nation-wide tour to seek support from elected representatives. Though BJP president Amit Shah and the party's state in- charge Bhupendra Yadav were also scheduled to arrive here along with Kovind, both have cancelled their visit as they have to attend a programme in Delhi, Gujarat BJP chief Jitu Vaghani said in a release today. Instead, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya will accompany Kovind, the release said. On July 8, the state unit of the BJP had announced that Kovind and Shah would visit Gujarat on July 11. However, the party postponed the visit following the terrorist attack on a bus in Jammu and Kashmir on July 10 in which seven pilgrims from Gujarat and Maharashtra were killed. As per the release, Kovind will be welcomed at the airport by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, his deputy Nitin Patel, several ministers and senior BJP leaders. Kovind will then head to Gandhinagar, where he will hold a meeting with BJP MP from Gujarat, state legislators and the party's BJP's core committee members regarding the upcoming presidential election. Gadkari and Vijayvargiya will also be present during the meeting.
All the three would leave for Delhi in the night, the release stated. The opposition's presidential candidate and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar had launched her campaign from the Sabarmati Ashram on June 22. The presidential election is scheduled for July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.