The BJP declared the Presidential nominee today.Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is the candidate. It seems mixed feedback from the opposition on this decision. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday expressed happiness over Ram Nath Kovind's candidature for the President's post while BSP chief Mayawati making it clear that her party's stand will be positive provided opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post.
'Kovind has discharged his duties in an unbiased manner as the Bihar Governor. He has worked as per the Constitution and upheld the dignity of the Governor's post. His was an ideal relation with the state government,' Nitish Kumar said after meeting Kovind at Raj Bhavan. He added, 'I am personally glad he is the presidential candidate'.
The Congress, however, spurned the BJP's appeal for consensus on its choice for President and said the opposition would take a call on contesting the election after a meeting on June 22. The BJP has taken a 'unilateral decision', Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said soon after the announcement of Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for President's post.
'Congress does not want to comment on this issue as we want to take a unanimous decision with all other opposition parties on the presidential elections. The final call will be taken in a meeting of all opposition parties on June 22,' Azad told reporters.