WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
- NDA has declared Ram Nath Kovind as its Presidential candidate
- Kovind is Bihar's Governor, a Dalit leader and an experienced parliamentarian
- NDA ally Shiv Sena is undecided on backing Kovind
- West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will not support the NDA's candidate
- Congress-led UPA will put up its own candidate later this week
An electoral college will vote for the President. Here's the current position, with NDA just short of the halfway mark:
राष्ट्रीय जनतांत्रिक गठबंधन के राष्ट्रपति पद के उम्मीदवार श्री रामनाथ कोविंद जी का संक्षिप्त परिचय... pic.twitter.com/pfpr5etp3h— BJP (@BJP4India) June 19, 2017
Kovind is reportedly on his way to Delhi now to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Wondering what the political reaction to the NDA's pick has been? Here's a round-up.
By mentioning ideology, Mayawati was possibly taking a dig at Kovind's RSS background.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati is speaking now. Says she is not satisfied with Ram Nath Kovind's political ideology, but cannot reject his Dalit background. Adds that she will wait and watch if UPA announces a Dalit candidate as well.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury says only once in the history of Independent India has the President of India been elected uncontested. Is that a hint that there will definitely be an Opposition candidate?
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is believed to have congratulated his state's Governor Ram Nath Kovind on being chosen as the NDA's candidate. However, it is unclear whether the Janata Dal (United) leader will lend his support to Kovind.
CNN-News18, quoting sources, says the UPA will put up its own candidate after meeting Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.