After filing the nomination, Kovind came out along with Modi, Shah, party stalwarts L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, with others following them.
The Opposition - Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI), and other parties - met on Thursday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) decision to field Ram Nath Kovind as NDA's Presidential nominee, following which they announced their candidate.
Needless to say she is pitted against Kovind and her defeat in the Presidential election next month on July 17 is certain. There was no specific reason why we did not attend Kovind's filing of nomination papers today.
"Kovind is a good candidate".
Sena, a key constituent of the NDA, shares an uneasy relationship with the BJP as it couldn't reconcile to the reality of the BJP's spectacular ascent to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra. "Now they are in no position to even pose a challenge to the NDA candidate in the contest, the congress has fielded the candidate from the dalit community", said Anupriya Patel, adding " the people were no longer naive and they have seen through the game of the Congress".
Non-NDA parties supporting Kovind include JD (U) (1.91% of the votes), AIADMK (5.39%), BJD (2.99%), TRS (2%), YSRCP (1.53%) and INLD (0.38%). The Constitution casts on the President and the Head of State alone the responsibility to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution.
Responding to this, JD (U)'s Sanjay Singh demanded that the RJD chief take steps against his party's spokesperson.
"Democratic values, social justice, transparency, freedom of speech, inclusiveness, destruction of caste system, end of poverty. these are part of the ideology which is close to my heart".
Panneerselvam said following a request from BJP National President Amit Shah, the AIADMK PTA has chose to support Kovind for the President's post.
An Election Commission team also took stock of the preparations and held meeting with Vidhan Sabha officials here last evening, the official said.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has broken ranks with the Opposition, pledging support to Mr Kovind.
"There is no question of my changing my decision", he told the media in Patna.