Nitish Kumar and Mayawati ‘positive’ on Ram Nath Kovind, jolted Opposition to decide on contest

Hours after the BJP sprang a surprise announcing that Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader, will be the NDA nominee for the presidential elections, the first signs of division in the Opposition camp emerged though sources said the parties were bracing for a contest. The JD(U) and BSP indicated they were not opposed to Kovind’s candidature but stopped short of committing support to the NDA nominee.

The Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress indicated that a contest appeared to be on the cards.

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