The party is also aiming a complete sweep in UP, as it plans to bag all the 80 Lok Sabha seats from the state, said UP BJP president and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya
Besides the NDA's constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD(U) have announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win an almost foregone conclusion.
Interestingly, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had yesterday stated that Sena was not interested in backing Kovind if his candidature is aimed at garnering Dalit votes.
Addressing the 51st Foundation Day function of Sena in suburban Matunga this evening, Thackeray said his party will not back Kovind if his candidature is aimed at garnering Dalit votes.
Kovind then drove down to Shah's residence where he was greeted by senior BJP leaders. He stayed at the BJP chief's residence for nearly an hour where both are believed to have discussed the formalities related to the presidential poll.
TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hailed Kovind's candidature as "the right choice" for the highest constitutional post and pledged his party's full support to him.
Opposition leaders had yesterday met to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming presidential poll but no names were discussed in the first round of talks.
The ruling NDA and a loosely knit group of opposition parties have intensified efforts to zero in on a "mutually acceptable" presidential candidate. But they would go their separate ways if a consensus proves elusive.
The approved investment is higher by about 250 per cent over Rs 1.18 lakh crore okayed under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) of the UPA government between 2004 and 2014, he said.
The three-member panel will consult the regional parties and other stakeholders on an NDA candidate. "The committee's mandate is to consult leaders of all political parties for the presidential poll and try to evolve a consensus," a BJP statement said.
"Looking at the GDP figures released yesterday, it is now very much clear that the Indian economy has collapsed completely under the NDA's three-year rule, as the growth rate has remained at just 6.1 per cent in the quarter ending March. It shows that the economy was hit badly by the decision of demonetisation," Tewari said in a press conference here.
"Considering the previous government at the Centre which was steeped in corruption with scams surfacing one after another on a weekly basis, the last three years of the Modi government have been excellent.
The Act seeks to bring over 80,000 registered builders in India under its purview to ensure that there is a level-playing field between both stakeholders.
Earlier, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who attended the meeting at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra at Chanakyapuri in New Delhi's diplomatic enclave said, "The NDA leaders decided to work together to succeed in 2019 Lok Sabha elections under Modi's leadership."
Leaders of 33 NDA constituents also adopted a resolution endorsing Modi's leadership and his government's policies, while resolving to strengthen the alliance by expanding its base, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters.
The constituents of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance met in New Delhi today. Addressing the media after that meet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the NDA partners met to fine-tune their strategy for the future. He also added that the mega coalition has emerged stronger under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Leaders of 31 BJP allies, including the new friends it has won over in Goa and north-east states, will attend the meeting after its president Amit Shah reached out to them.
Motilal Oswal expects around 23 percent earnings growth in FY18 but delivery of the projected earnings growth is crucial for valuations to sustain and expand.
Of the five opposition amendments, three were moved by the Congress member Digvijaya Singh and two by Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M). The amendments were adopted with a significant margin, with the difference of votes ranging between 27 and 34 votes.
BJP ally Shiv Sena had earlier this week proposed Bhagwat's name for the post, with party MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut extending support to any such move by the NDA in the future.
The vociferous scenes arose on the issue of power generation in the country when Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked Power Minister Piyush Goyal to inform the House the power projects initiated by the Modi government ever since it assumed office in May 2014 and how much power they were generating now.
"The 2017 state election results in India demonstrate broad-based popular support for the Indian government's policy agenda and will facilitate the implementation of further reforms, a credit positive for the sovereign," it said in a statement.
After a long weekend, the market staged spectacular rally Tuesday, with the Nifty closing above 9000 level for the first time on hopes of BJP strengthening reform agenda following emphatic victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has captured the national picture like no other leader in the opposition, said Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India. He added that Modi has a lot of acceptance from the people and the balance of power is more tilted towards him rather than BJP or the NDA.
The Human Resource Development ministry had announced that cook-cum-helpers working under the midday meal scheme as well as student beneficiaries will now be required to have an Aadhaar card to avail the facility.