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TRS backs NDA candidate, claims credit for nod to Dalit

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

In a boost to the NDA's choice of candidate in the presidential election, the ruling in today backed the BJP's nominee and claimed it had suggested earlier fielding a Dalit candidate.

Soon after Ram Nath Kovind's candidature was announced for the president's post on behalf of the NDA, Prime Minister Modi telephoned Chief Minister and requested his support, the CM's office said in a release.


The PM told the CM "as per your (the chief minister's) suggestion, we have decided upon a Dalit candidate for the presidential post," and requested his support for the candidate, the release said.

Immediately after receiving Modi's call, the chief minister consulted his party colleagues. "Later, he conveyed his party's support for the presidential candidate to the PM," it said.

floor leader in Lok Sabha, A P Jithender Reddy, told PTI, "After declared the candidate, Prime Minister Modi called up Mr KCR -- the first person to be telephoned by Modi after the decision -- and asked him for the support and KCR has very openly said that as he is a Dalit leader and is a very good person, we whole-heartedly support him."

In the 120-member legislative assembly, including a nominated member, has a strength of 82.

The party has 11 members, excluding one each from Congress, YSR Congress and TDP who had switched loyalties to It has three members.

The today named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for the post of president.

Kovind is likely to file his papers on June 23, president said after a nearly two-hour meeting of the parliamentary board.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:48 IST
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