While leaving the party, the CM told journalists that though he had a lot of respect for the Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar, "Bihar ki beti [daughter of Bihar] has been nominated only to lose".
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad at a Roza-Iftaar party hosted by the latter in Patna on Friday.
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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the BJP's choice for the top constitutional post as a step towards empowering the lower sections of society.
Raja also added that they would reach out to the other Opposition parties to join hands and support Kumar's candidature. He is non-controversial, educated and experienced and has been good as Bihar Governor.
Kovind had worked for Bihar without any bias, Kumar said. We are not supporting or opposing a person. "Now, after the NDA nominated a Dalit, they have brought in Meira Kumar to pit a Dalit against a Dalit to insult the Dalits".
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who termed Kumar as the best candidate to represent the secular forces, said, "This is a fight of ideologies and there is no midway".
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"It is a well thought out decision, and our sentiments are clear". "Hum logo ne thok-baja ke faisla liya hain (we have taken a decision after meticulously taking everything into account)", Rajak told PTI. I would pose a question to them that don't you think that your decision was a little too immature and in haste when you took important decision like who is going to head the Indian executive for the next five years?
CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said: "From among Meira Kumar, Bhalchandra Mungekar, Prakash Ambedkar and Shinde, everyone agreed on Meira Kumar's name without any reservation whatsoever".
He said that Kovind's name was announced first by the ruling party and the JD (U) did not have any objection to his name.
With the backing of parties outside the alliance like TRS (2%), AIADMK (5.39%), YSR Congress (1.53%) and BJD (2.99%), the NDA's support will cross the half-way-mark to reach almost 63%.
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