'Happy' that Bihar Governor is Presidential nominee: Nitish Kumar

"Kovind has discharged his duties in an unbiased manner as the Bihar Governor". Kovind, a Dalit and a lawyer who practised in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for 16 years after which he was a Rajya Sabha MP twice before he was catapulted to gubernatorial office, is expected to bring dividends to the BJP through the Dalit vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Both Modi and Shah felt political parties should be informed about the decision and should "not come to know about the candidate through the media".

Thackeray, however, said that they would extend their support only if the decision was taken for the development of the nation.

He further said that the grand old party would not comment on NDA's Presidential nominee as of now and would meet on June 22 to formally discuss the matter. "The final call will be taken in a meeting of all opposition parties on June 22", Azad told reporters.

"On the BJP fielding a Dalit candidate, Azad said, ".

He said Monday's decision on the candidature Kovind has "factored in those views and suggestions". Shah said Sonia had told him that they would get back to him after consulting the party. But the nomination of the BJP's presidential candidate is likely to be filed by June 23, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving for the United States on June 24. YSRCP, an opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, has already offered its support. "A meeting will be held soon to discuss the same", he said.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders say Kovind is well-read and has done well as chief of the BJP's SC/ST cell.

Kovind's nomination follows huge protests a year ago by members of the historically marginalised Dalit community, who make up around 17 per cent of India's population. Kovind would become the second Dalit President of India, after KR Narayanan who served as the President from 1997 to 2002.

Banerjee said someone of the stature of current President Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister Sushma Swaraj or BJP patriarch LK Advani may have been made the candidate. "All the opposition parties will try to reach a common decision", he added.

However, the opposition may put a candidate in a contest to challenge, but that may yield no result.

Following the announcement, most Opposition leaders indicated that they will announce the name of their own candidate after a meeting of UPA members on 22 June. BJP also is keen to shed its pro-Hindutva image and counter parties like BSP, JD (U), CPI, CPM and RJP who always allege the party as anti-Dalit.

BSP chief Mayawati, a Dalit leader herself, said Kovind can not be opposed unless the opposition fielded a popular Dalit nominee.

Nitish Kumar also praised him for his exemplary work as Bihar Governor, for working impartially and maintaining an ideal relationship with the Bihar government.

Related News:

  • Brexit talks begin in Brussels

    The start of the negotiations comes as work continues across the British government to prepare Britain for life outside of the EU. And just over a month ago, Mr Davis said dealing with the issue of how the talks would unfold would be the "row of the summer".
    EU's Barnier Hopes to Remove Brexit Uncertainties as Talks Begin

    EU's Barnier Hopes to Remove Brexit Uncertainties as Talks Begin

    The working language of the negotiations will be English and French, with interpretations provided by the European Commission . The talks should be completed by April 2019, but could be extended if all 27 European Union countries agree.
    Will Fiorentina continue the fight?

    Will Fiorentina continue the fight?

    Another 16 goals brought Lorenzo Insigne, 13 goals went from Jose Callejon and 11 from Marek Hamšík. Forecasts Bookmakers consider Napoli as the main favorite - the coefficient for the victory of the hosts is 1.28.
  • 79 people believed dead in London tower block fire

    79 people believed dead in London tower block fire

    Some Grenfell residents had warned months ago fire safety issues at the tower meant that it was at risk of a "catastrophic" event. He says it may be necessary for numerous outmoded tower blocks built in the 1970s to be demolished because of safety concerns.
    UK opposition leader slams Grenfell Tower fire response

    UK opposition leader slams Grenfell Tower fire response

    Emergency services have been faced with scenes of utter destruction inside London's Grenfell Tower following massive fire. His family said Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family".
    Champions Trophy 2017: Glimpses of Pakistan's historic title win over India

    Champions Trophy 2017: Glimpses of Pakistan's historic title win over India

    From Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan, Pakistan has shown the world its rich talent and pedigree. So to dust ourselves off and come back from that has been a remarkable achievement.
  • UK sees 'happy' Brexit outcome for both sides

    The talks are scheduled to take place for one week each month until an agreement is reached. Earlier, Boris Johnson said the talks would lead to a "happy resolution" for both sides.
    Zaman thought he would miss Champions Trophy final

    Zaman thought he would miss Champions Trophy final

    Many Indian fans are now tweeting congratulatory messages for the winning team but also showering the Indian team with love. Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.
    Casualties reported after van strikes crowd in Muslim neighborhood in London

    Casualties reported after van strikes crowd in Muslim neighborhood in London

    On May 22, a suicide attack killed 22 people and injured almost 60 after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester . Witness Khalid Amin told BBC television that the driver of the van was shouting: "I want to kill all Muslims".
  • No need for alarm bells over draw, says Ronaldo

    Ochoa made a great diving save in the 85th to keep young Portugal forward Andre Silva from scoring with a header. Mexico's all-time leading scorer still had time before the end of the half to blaze over from a good position.

    US Fed raises a key rate, signals third hike later

    Shanghai's Composite index edged 0.1 per cent lower to 3,128.29 and the S&P ASX 200 in Australia tumbled 1.1 per cent to 5,770.90. The WSJ Dollar Index was recently up 0.6% at 88.63, making dollar-denominated metals more expensive to other currency holders.

    3 Entertaining Ways to Improve Your Business Skills over the Coming Weeks

    In both games and business meetings you may feel everything from frustration to elation, but the trick is to keep is all hidden. Play Poker While millions of people around the world may play poker solely for fun, you can also play to up your business game.


Most liked

Simon Coveney: North 'may be most vulnerable to bad Brexit deal'
Varadkar also said the two prime ministers had discussed Brexit "in some detail". "I hope we will have an executive that will involve them all too".

MTV commissions social media dating show
It all sounds very intruiging and we're not sure if we'd ever put that much trust in Jedward, but we OBVIOUSLY can't wait to see what goes down.

Grenfell Tower fire: 79 now believed to have died
Cundy has promised to share with relevant authorities any issues that need to be addressed immediately to protect public safety. Footage from inside the gutted building has been released, showing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze.

Paris attacker dead, French minister says
Noemie Pfister, walking with her infant child and a friend, said she saw a auto fly past a column of police vans, then fishtail. Additional police were deployed near mosques in London and other cities following the attack.

Conservatives to strike 'sensible' deal with DUP, says Grayling
We would have to work out what that looked like. "We are hopeful of getting resolution to them as quickly as we possibly can". Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the talks had begun badly because Mrs May lacked authority and a mandate.

Pérez: Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid
Portuguese Player, Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo has instructed his manager to get him a summer move to his old club.

Michael Ballack Expects Cristiano Ronaldo to Stay at Real Madrid
The 70-year-old Perez , who ran unopposed, was reelected for a fifth four-year mandate at the Spanish powerhouse. Indeed, if Ronaldo does want to move on this summer, there may be little Real can do to stop him.

Florentino Perez to continue as Real Madrid President
I have found everything out through the newspapers. "This is the model that will continue to define Real Madrid ". SIR Alex Ferguson could be the broker behind any return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United .

'It's no shame losing to a better team,' says Kohli
Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six.

NSW expected to post $4.5b budget surplus
Roads spending across the state will total an estimated $72.7 billion over four years according to the Treasurer. Mr Perrottet crowed that the NSW economy was the envy of other states, thanks to prudent financial management.

Trump's attorney says he is not under investigation
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel following Comey's ouster in early May. A personal attorney for Donald Trump is insisting that the President is not under investigation. "That's it.

Pakistan are champions; crush India by 180 runs
We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions", said Sarfraz . Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off.

Presumed Death Toll Nearly Doubles After London Fire
She says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood, where hundreds of people have been displaced. Cundy added that authorities are investigating whether any crimes had been committed in the fire.

New study shows promise of yoga in treating back pain
Chronic lower back pain is equally likely to improve with yoga classes as with physical therapy, according to a new study. By comparison, the use of pain medication did not decline among participants in the education group.

Bets for upcoming Southampton vs Arsenal fight
Neither Arsene Wenger nor his players could afford themselves to lose another match if they still want to be in the top four. Arsenal is still keeping the dream to be qualified in Champions League after the victory over Manchester on Sunday.