Ram Nath Kovind files nomination for Presidential election

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Soon after announcement of Miera Kumar name as joint opposition candidate for the presidential polls, RJD Chief Lalu Yadav said that he would appeal Bihar chief minister not to do "historic blunder" by not supporting "Bihar daughter". As usual, the kind of politician Lalu Prasad Yadav is he showed it by calling Meira Kumar "Bihar ki Beti" (daughter of Bihar) in his unusual style. At the meeting, leaders said that Kumar's decision to support Kovind's candidature was "most unfortunate" and that "he should not have done it".

Paswan said that even the people of Bihar are angry with Nitish Kumar for being in contact with a corrupt party and invited him to join BJP-led coalition.

Named on Thursday as the nominee of the major opposition parties for the July 17 presidential election, Meira Kumar is a senior Congress and Dalit leader with long and varied political experience and a strong proponent of social justice and social equity.

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BSPs Satish Chandra Misra said his party leader Mayawati had earlier said if there was a “better dalit candidate” (than Kovind), the person should be fielded by the opposition. Kumar said the decision to support Kovind was taken at the meeting of JD (U)'s core committee.

In her speeches, Kumar has said that the country's sustainable growth was not possible without ending centuries-old exclusion of marginalised groups such as Scheduled Castes and Tribes. ".don't know what made Kumar to move away and extend support to a RSS man", he told reporters on his arrival at the Jay Prakash Narayan Airport at Patna from New Delhi. The RJD chief also said that it was Nitish Kumar who took the initiative to unite the opposition on the Presidential election. He said he would meet the Bihar Chief Minister Friday and "urge him to review his decision..."

"Since I became the governor I do not belong to any political party", the 71-year-old former head of the BJP's Dalit Morcha - nearly certain to be the next president - said after filing his nomination here for the post. Political observers are saying that Kovind's victory is not a question of "if he will win" but 'by what marging will he win?' Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah had announced the name of Kovind as NDA's consensus candidate for the post of President of India.

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Lalu Yadav is Mr Kumar's partner in running the Bihar government.

All 17 political parties unanimously proposed name of Meira for forthcoming Presidential elections.

TMC: The All India Trinamool Congress represented by Derek O'Brien maintained its stand with the opposition.

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