As regional forces back Kovind, Cong and Left parties continue lookout for suitable candidate

As regional forces back Kovind, Cong and Left parties continue lookout for suitable candidate


As regional forces back Kovind, Cong and Left parties continue lookout for suitable candidate


New Delhi:Even as various regional parties are coming forward, either backing the candidature of NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the President's post or talking 'positively' about him, the Congress and the Left parties continue to make last minute efforts to prepare a suitable candidate to take on the Bihar Governor.
Key leaders from the Congress and Left parties have interacted more than once since last night and are "exploring" the chances of fielding a suitable candidate.
Determined not to give BJP a "cakewalk", the Opposition parties are mulling the possibilities of fielding Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dalit icon and Bharat Ratna B R Ambedkar and two prominent Congress leaders Sushilkumar Shinde and Meira Kumar.
Sources said the move has gained currency after BSP supremo Mayawati suggested that her party can back the Opposition-sponsored candidate, if there was a "better Dalit candidate" than the BJP-led NDA's choice - Mr Kovind.
Left party sources today said while Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik's decision to back Mr Kovind is a "setback" to the original plans, they would not still give up hopes.

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