Presidential polls: Opposition likely to field own consensus candidate against Kovind: Left

Ram Nath a lawyer by profession hails from Kanpur Uttar Pradesh and he belongs to Dalit community

Ram Nath a lawyer by profession hails from Kanpur Uttar Pradesh and he belongs to Dalit community

The sources reiterated that since the BJP has named Kovind, a Dalit leader, the Opposition may also zero in on a candidate from the same community.

"On the BJP fielding a Dalit candidate, Azad said, ".I don't want to comment on this.I don't want to comment on the merits and demerits of the candidate". "Ramnath has risen through the political ranks, waging a long and hard struggle as a Dalit", said Shah. "So, BJD has chose to extend its support to Kovind", he said.

President Pranab Mukherjee has also accepted his resignation as the Governor of Bihar.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati also expressed dissent over the decision saying that she is not satisfied with Kovind's political ideology, but can not reject his Dalit background. Kovind, a Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati, for example, who is a Dalit icon, said she would not object to Mr Kovind unless the opposition fields another Dalit as its candidate.

Officials said the "black cat" commandos force will secure Kovind, who resigned today as the Bihar Governor.

The three-member committee, formed by BJP chief Amit Shah to hold consultations with the political parties on the issue, conveyed its views based on the suggestions of the allies and opposition parties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, Naidu said, adding that they took these into account.

The opposition block, led by the Congress, has 35% votes and would be looking at making a dent in the NDA ranks hoping for cross voting by parties such as the Shiv Sena.

Earlier, Kovind thanked people of Bihar after being selected as NDA's candidate for Presidential poll.

Similarly, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said: "Only once in the history of independent India has the president of India been elected uncontested". However, Lalu, who is his main ally and the Congress, who is their junior partner in Bihar, feel that it's imperative to push for an election for Rashtrapati Bhavan to make it clear that they can not rally behind the likelihood of the first-ever BJP leader as President of India.

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