Presidential Polls: Kovind files nomination, promises to uphold dignity of Presidency

The former Bihar Governor and BJP's Dalit leader said the President was the supreme commander of the armed forces. "This is not for victory in 2019", the Bihar chief minister said. "It should not become an issue of confrontation", Kumar asserted. The 2017 presidential election will not end without a contest.

RJD: Lalu Prasad Yadav's party has clearly shown its support for Kumar.

"There is no doubt about the result". We have a lot of respect for "Bihar ki beti" (Meira Kumar).

"They have decided candidate for themselves and then try to shove it upon us 5 minutes before final decision". RJD's Lalu Prasad has termed Nitish Kumar's decision a historic blunder and wrong decision. But the JD (U) stuck to its decision to support Kovind.

"They are saying we finalized the Presidential candidate without consulting them. He had worked in Bihar without any bias". It would be fair to say that despite being on the weaker side, the Congress has won the fight owing to the show of unity in the Opposition. ".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.

He said the BSP will endorse the nomination papers of Meira Kumar.

Rajak is deputy leader in the state Assembly and member of the JD (U) core committee which decided on Tuesday to support Kovind.

Kovind was accompanied by his wife during the meeting at Vajpayee's residence. He added Kumar was the "illustrious daughter" of former defence minister Jagjivan Ram. "It embodies the diversity of our socio-political culture and the vision of our composite ideology".

When many in the group said Kumar was the best possible candidate, Gandhi proposed the name of the former Speaker.

Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said the President of India is above politics. "Had the BJP agreed to it, we would have supported him". The decision was taken in a meeting of the opposition which was attended by leaders of 17 parties including Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, DMK's Kanimozhi and National Conference's Omar Abdullah.

The Opposition on Wednesday suffered a blow as the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) announced support for National Democratic Alliance candidate Kovind.

According to Dalit activist Chandrabhan Prasad, the Opposition should not have made it a contest between two Dalits and instead, should have fielded a non-Dalit. "But we feel that this is only an attempt at hiding their real agenda of furthering monolithic Hindu supremacy", Dhar said.

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