Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday called the Opposition is a divided house over the Presidential elections after many of its partners have extended support to ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
The statement is made on a day all opposition parties are meeting in Delhi to finalise a candidate to represent the Opposition. The meet is held in the backdrop of opposition partner Janata Dal (United) extending support to Kovind.
Non- NDA parties like the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Biju Janata Dal, Jagan Mohan Reddy led YSR Congress Party has already given thumbs-up to NDA’s choice. Two rival factions of AIADMK have also announced their support to Ramnath Kovid.
“The Opposition seems a divided house as many opposition parties have extended support to Ram Nath Kovind. I think there shouldn’t be politics in every subject and everyone should come forward to support Kovind as President,” BJP’s National Vice President Shyam Jaju said.
Jaju also said that NDA government has reached out to all Opposition political parties for a consensus over the Presidential candidate despite having sufficient votes to get its candidate elected.
JD (U) that has been instrumental in encouraging opposition unity against NDA has already announced that it is not going to be part of the opposition’s joint initiative on the presidential elections.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday chaired a meeting of party leaders in Patna that decided to support Kovind for the President’s post. It is said that the Chief Minister had already conveyed the decision to the leaders of Opposition parties.
Meanwhile the opposition that is yet to come up with a candidate has alleged that the NDA finalised Kovind’s name for the post of President without consulting them prior to the announcement.
Non- NDA political parties- Bahujan Samajwadi Party and Samajwadi Party- have not extended their support to the Ramnath Kovind yet.