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Presidential polls: Will ask Nitish to not back Kovind, says Lalu

He also says that there was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind

RJD chief on Thursday said he would meet Chief Minister in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting Democratic Alliance's (NDA) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

There was no threat to the coalition in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring to his party's alliance with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) in the state.

"I will meet and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the candidate," he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former Speaker as its candidate for president.

The JD(U)'s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue.

The opposition's move to field Kumar makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential poll.

First Published: Thu, June 22 2017. 19:35 IST