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Presidential election 2017: Conflict within the "Mahagathbandhan" over Nitish's support to Ram Nath Kovind

 2017-06-22 09:15:00.0

Presidential election 2017: Conflict within the Mahagathbandhan over Nitishs support to Ram Nath Kovind

Tahlka News Bureau

New Delahi: After JDU chief Nitish Kumar announced its suprt to the NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, the RJD has has backed the idea fielding an Opposition candidate in the presidential election is seen as the first
sign of conflict within the Grand Alliance.

RJD leader R P Singh on Thursday questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to support Kovinda's candidature. "On one hand Nitish ji takes initiative to form national 'Mahagathbandhan', on the other hand supports NDA President candidate," Singh said.

On Wednesday, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav told reporters that his party will support a consensus candidate after the Opposition party's meet in New Delhi. "We will go with the decision of opposition parties, which will meet in New Delhi tomorrow," Lalu said.

He has, however, refused to comment on the decision made by Nitish Kumar to support NDA's presidential nominee.

Meanwhile, the opposition camp seem to be split on the issue with the JDU and BJD favouring Kovind, and the JDU and INLD indicting as much. The Congress, the Left, Trinamool Congress, SP and RJD, however, appeared to be in favor of a contest for the top post.

Former Lok Sabha Meira Kumar is emerging as the forerunner to take on Kovind. She met Congress president Sonia Gandhi late on Wednesday evening. Meira is the daughter of Dalit icon Babu Ram Jagjivan.

There have been four names doing the rounds for the Opposition candidate, Meira kumar, Congress veteran from Mahatrashtra Sushil Kumar Shinde, economist and former vice chancellor of Mumbai Univerity Balchandra Mungekar and B R Ambedkar's grandson Praskash Ambedkar.


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