New Delhi, June 19 : The BJP on Monday after high level board meeting revealed that Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be their nominee for the forthcoming presidential elections. The ruling party’s announcement raised a debate over what will be next step of opposition, will they support it or will come up with another choice.
Several opposition as well as political parties of the NDA, shared their views on the BJP’s pick for presidential elections.
Here we bring who said what :
Congress : Spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad said in a press conference we can not comment immediately on the BJP’s choice of the presidential nominee as they took an unilateral decision. He stated opposition will come up with joint decision, after meeting on June 22, which will be chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Trinamool Congress : West Bengal CM and party chief Mamata Banerjee, in a series of tweets said i am not saying Kovind is “unfit” for the post of the President, but someone of the “stature of Pranab Da, or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani ji” may have been made the candidate.
In order to support someone, we must know the person. Candidate should be someone who will be beneficial for the country as President is the key post of the country. Opposition will meet on 22nd June, only then we can announce our decision, she added.
There are other big Dalit leaders in India. He was leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP, so they have made him candidate, Mamata further further said.
Shiv Sena : Sanjay Raut stated that BJP Chief Amit Shah informed Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray about the nominee over the phone call and the party will decide on support in a few days after meeting with its top leaders. Sena also accused BJP that they didn’t had consensus on presidential candidate.
CPI(M) : General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, addressing the media, hinted that the Opposition might discuss another candidate against BJP’s choice on June 22 in opposition meeting. He termed presidential election as political fight.
Yechury said earlier three member BJP committee met us and told they will inform when they will finalise the name for candidate but they didn’t. Instead of discussing with opposition the party directly announced its nominee.
JDU : The Party chief party and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said he personally happy for Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate but its too early to comment whether he will support or not.
Kumar praised Kovind works and his dedication towards the state government. Not only this, he also met Bihar Governor.
BSP : Mayawati told news agency ANI ” Ramnath Kovind comes from Dalit Community , so can never be against his nomination but it would have if NDA would have taken all the opposition parties in ‘good faith’ before announcing the name the support towards this election would have been greater”.
CPI : General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, told news agency PTI, opposition should put up their strong candidate against BJP’s nominee who is from RSS ranks and was president of Dalit BJP Morcha…Sangh Pariwar organisation. Definitely, we will put up a candidate.