"Meira Kumar, as a politician and Speaker has a much better track record than Kovind", Ahirwar points out.
The opposition made a pretty predictable decision when it chose Meira Kumar as its candidate for the next President of India.
Nitish was at the residence of Lalu to attend an Iftar party hosted by him.
"There is no doubt about the result".
"Had it been so, they would have fielded Meira Kumar in the last election itself". Kumar said the decision to support Kovind was taken at the meeting of JD (U)'s core committee. "This decision has been taken after due consideration and discussion with our party leaders", Nitish stated, addressing the media. If he backs Kovind, Nitish faces backlash of Dalits in Bihar and if he changes his mind he will be shutting doors to central assistance. "He had worked in Bihar without any bias".
A contest for the country's top constitutional post is now clearly on the anvil as a majority in the opposition sees it as an "ideological battle" that has to be fought. It's more of a reactive move and unlikely to earn any dividends for the Opposition which is by no means united (read Nitish Kumar).
Later in the evening, lalu when asked if he had talks with Nitish Kumar said, "This is not the occasion to speak on such subjects". "We have no commitment for the BJP in future", JD-U spokesperson KC Tyagi told a newsmen channel on Friday.
There could not have been a better candidate than Meira Kumar for the post of President."We will not bring down the government", he said. Mayawati said Kovind had been associated with the "narrow ideologies" of the BJP and the RSS right from the beginning. All 17 political parties unanimously proposed the name of Meira for forthcoming Presidential elections. We are not supporting or opposing a person. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury put forward the names of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of BR Ambedkar, according to news agency PTI.
It was also made clear that the son and not the father is in command of the Samajwadi party, Mulayam Singh who made anti-Opposition noises was quietly sidelined by his son who ensured that the party remains on the anti-BJP side of the fence.