Presidential Election 2017: Nitish Kumar praises Ram Nath Kovind, remains mum on party support

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday showered praise on Governor Ram Nath Kovind, whom the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) earlier in the day named as its candidate for the 17 July presidential election, saying he is "personally glad" over his candidature.

File image of Nitish Kumar. PTI

File image of Nitish Kumar. PTI

However, Kumar was non-committal on whether his Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will support Kovind.

"Kovind has discharged his duties in an unbiased manner as the Bihar governor. He has worked as per the Constitution and upheld the dignity of the governor's post. His was an ideal relation with the state government," Nitish Kumar said after meeting Kovind at Raj Bhavan here.

He said he congratulated Kovind, a Dalit leader from the Bharatiya Janata Party, on his nomination as the NDA candidate, and added that "I am personally glad he is the presidential candidate".

As to whether the JD-U will support his candidature, Nitish Kumar said: "It is difficult to say at this point of time. I had talks with Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on this issue. We will discuss the issue later and decide."

Kovind is likely to leave Patna for Delhi on Monday evening to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

Updated Date: Jun 19, 2017 18:04 PM

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