Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that he could not understand why the Congress was opposing NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Meira Kumar thanked all the Opposition parties for unanimously picking her as a consensual candidate to contest the July 17 Presidential election.
Kovind said the President was the supreme commander of the armed forces.
BJP MPs and former chief ministers Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank could not attend the meeting due to their personal engagements. “It is our priority to secure the borders of our country”.
Some heads of other political parties which are supporting his candidature were also present.
Kovind reached Parliament along with Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, central ministers and Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled states.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami were among those present. “By taking a divergent stand, he has sent a wrong message to all the Opposition parties”, said Tariq, the veteran Lok Sabha MP from Katihar. He will then proceed to Park Hayat Hotel where he would meet YSR Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs led by YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Earlier, News18 reported that that an announcement regarding the break-up of the alliance could come soon as the JD (U) supremo has made up his mind to steer clear of the political muck surrounding the RJD founder and his family after a series of raids by the Enforcement Directorate and the I-T Department on cases including money laundering.
Hailing the opposition unity, Kumar said that she will try to uphold the democratic values, ensure social justice, freedom of press, end poverty, dismantle the rigid caste structure if elected president.
With over 62 per cent of the votes firmly behind him, Kovind’s election as the next president is nearly certain.