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Jun 19, 2017 06:14 PM IST IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Presidential Election: NDA's candidate is Ram Nath Kovind, UPA to decide pick this week

Live updates as the ruling NDA announces Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate for the Presidential elections.

  • Jun 19, 05:49 PM (IST)

    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

  • Jun 19, 06:00 PM (IST)

    An electoral college will vote for the President. Here's the current position, with NDA just short of the halfway mark:

    <p>An electoral college will vote for the President. Here's the current position, with NDA just short of the halfway mark:</p>
  • Jun 19, 05:49 PM (IST)
  • Jun 19, 05:36 PM (IST)

    Kovind is reportedly on his way to Delhi now to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • Jun 19, 05:16 PM (IST)

    Wondering what the political reaction to the NDA's pick has been? Here's a round-up.

  • Jun 19, 04:54 PM (IST)

    By mentioning ideology, Mayawati was possibly taking a dig at Kovind's RSS background.

  • Jun 19, 04:52 PM (IST)

    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.

  • Jun 19, 04:44 PM (IST)

    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?

  • Jun 19, 04:24 PM (IST)

    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.

  • Jun 19, 04:12 PM (IST)

    CNN-News18, quoting sources, says the UPA will put up its own candidate after meeting Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee on Thursday.

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