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TDP welcomes BJP's choice for president's post

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati (AP) 

The Telugu Desam Party, an ally of the NDA, today welcomed the BJP's decision to put up Governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as the alliance's candidate for the presidential

president and Chief Minister hailed Kovind's candidature as "the right choice" for the highest constitutional post and pledged his party's full support to him.

"You have chosen a right candidate for the top post. An intellectual with high values belonging to the Dalit community is very apt in all respects for the president's post," Naidu told Prime Minister Modi, who called him this afternoon to inform him about Kovind's choice.

A communication from the chief minister's office said Naidu announced that the would extend complete support for Kovind's candidature.

The communication also said that the prime minister requested Naidu to garner Congress' support for the candidate.

Naidu assured the prime minister that he would contact TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee upon her return from her foreign visit, the communication said.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 16:13 IST