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Positive about prez nominee, but non-political Dalit name

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

boss today said her party is positive about the nominating Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential but wished the ruling alliance had named a non-political Dalit candidate for the top post.

"Although Kovind has been associated with the and the from the beginning but since he is a Dalit, our party's stand towards him cannot be negative. It will be positive, provided Opposition parties do not field any Dalit for the post who is more capable and popular than him," she told newspersons here.

"Kovind is not the first Dalit who has been brought forward for the post of president... K R Narayanan, a Dalit, had also been president," she said.

The chief, however, stressed that it would have been better had the Opposition parties been taken into confidence on the choice.

"Had the and brought any non-political Dalit for the post, it would have been better," she said.

said she was informed by senior leaders and over phone that Kovind, who belonged to Dalit caste, will be candidate for the post of the president.

"But his introduction is that he is a member of Kori caste who are very less in number in the country and he has been associated with the and the BJP since the beginning and so I do not agree with his political background," she added.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 19:07 IST