Lalu: Will ask Nitish to back Meira Kumar in Prez Polls

RSTV Bureau
File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

A day after JD(U) announced that it will be backing NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the Presidential polls, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has said he would meet the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and request him to change his mind about supporting Kovind who was the former Bihar Governor.

Lalu’s statement came after after 17 Opposition parties met in Delhi on Thursday evening to decide Congress leader Meira Kumar’s name for the July 17 Presidential polls.

Interestingly, JD(U) did not attend the meet as it had already announced its decision a day earlier.

“I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate,” he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for president.

But, Lalu also clarified that there was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, where RJD is in alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U).

The JD(U)’s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue.

(With inputs from PTI)