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Sena to announce its stand on NDA prez nominee tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

On the day the announced Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's presidential nominee, its alliance partner today said the party will come out with its "final decision" tomorrow.

Addressing the 51st function of Sena in suburban Matunga this evening, Sena president said his party will not back Kovind if he has been chosen with an intention to garner Dalit votes.

"We have never played politics using anybody as a shield. We had suggested the name of M S Swaminathan so that farmers get benefited. We will always support the cause of farmers.

"There are attempts being made to play politics over a Dalit presidential candidate. If that is so, we are not interested in backing him. We will give our final decision on the nominee tomorrow," Thackeray said.

Earlier in the day, the named Dalit leader and Governor Ram Nath Kovind, who has been associated with the party and the RSS, as the nominee for the top constitutional post.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 21:13 IST