New Delhi, June 21, 2017: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday asserted that the BJP may have named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA’s presidential candidate in the name of picking up a “Dalit candidate” but asked whether there are any instances of Kovind ever raising issues related to people from the Scheduled Castes.
Singh also said that BJP patriarch L K Advani rightly called PM Narendra Modi “a very good event manager”, and called Wednesday’s Yoga Day affair a “publicity” exercise.
While talking on Presidential polls in Lucknow, Singh said it is the BJP’s right to nominate its candidate but the party did not even take their alliance partner Shiv Sena into confidence so forget about the opposition parties.
He further added that although Kovind has been “selected in the name of Dalits”, there is hardly any example of the former Rajya Sabha MP ever having raised his voice in support of issues concerning Dalits.
“Be it atrocities on Dalits in the name of cow protection in Una, Gujarat, or even Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, no one from the BJP came out in their (Dalits’) support,” Singh claimed.
The three-member BJP committee, which includes Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley nominates Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate on June 19.