Three non–BJP legislators in Karnataka extend support to Ram Nath Kovind

The NDA’s Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind was in Karnataka on Wednesday to meet legislators and seek their support ahead of presidential elections which will be held on July 17.  Kovind arrived at Bengaluru’s HAL airport and was received by the state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa and central minister D V Sadananda Gowda, Anant Kumar and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar. While all the BJP MLAs and MPs have showed their support to NDA’s nominee, one legislator from BSR Congress and two independent law makers have also extended their support to Ram Nath Kovind.

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A legislator on condition of anonymity who was part of the meeting with Kovind said, “Everyone who was here today already knows that their support is for Ram Nath Kovindji. Apart from BJP legislators, three other law makers have also pledged their support. We already have the numbers. He informed us of the procedure to cast votes in the elections and reiterated that unity was key.” As per reports, Kovind had addressed legislators in a closed door meetings to seek support from them for the July 17 Presidential Elections.

On the other Congress leader Meira Kumar has said that the Presidential Election is not a Dalit v/s Dalit fight, it’s a fight of ideology. Reacting to this MP Shobha Karandlaje said, “Congress is a making an attempt to polarize votes by such comment. The President of India is not bound by any party, group or religion; he is the President of the entire country. Meira Kumar’s statement of it being an ideological fight is a result of frustration in an attempt to polarize secular votes.”

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The BJP also accused that Congress is fielding Kumar as she belongs to Dalit community. Adding to this Karandlaje said, “Presidential election is not a Dalit v/s Dalit fight. What stopped the Congress from making Meira Kumar the President last time? They chose Pranab Mukherjee as the president only because they did not want him to become the Prime Minister. The Congress has previously ditched Meira Kumar and now she has been made the candidate only to check a Dalit candidate of the NDA.”