Presidential Election 2017: Not against Ram Nath Kovind's nomination, says BSP chief Mayawati

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Mayawati said her party will not oppose Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind's candidature
Mayawati said her party will not oppose Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind's candidature

New Delhi : Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Monday said her party will not oppose Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind's candidature as presidential nominee unless the opposition announces a popular Dalit name.

"We are not against Ram Nath Kovind's nomination. It would have been better if the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) had taken all opposition parties into confidence before announcing the name. 

"As he is a Dalit, we can't oppose his name, but only if the United opposition doesn't announce a popular Dalit name," said Mayawati.

"We are also of the opinion that it would have been better if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had named some non-political Dalit person for the post of President," she added.

The BJP on Monday named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit and a BJP leader, as the ruling NDA's candidate for the July 17 presidential election.