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Ram Nath Kovind was picked by the BJP to be its candidate for Presidential Elections

Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has chose to back NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election, JD-U legislator Ratnesh Sada said on Wednesday. "We will take a decision on the issue at the 17-party meeting on July 22", Azad said.

Here the BJP-led NDA has stolen a march over opposition parties by proposing Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate.

On Wednesday, senior JD (U) leader Ratnesh Sada said, "All the leaders have decided that we will support Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president".

Chief Minister E Palanisamy had on Wednesday announced the faction's support to Kovind, who has since resigned as Governor of Bihar.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Non- NDA party, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi has backed Kovind for President.

Nitish Kumar and his MLAs told that JDU would not support the congress.

"Let us see what comes out of the meeting", he added.

Earlier, NDA had announced Kovind as its candidate for the upcoming Presidential polls.

Several other Opposition parties said that they will decide who to back only after assessing the candidate picked at today's meeting, to be chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Ram Nath Kovind resigned from the post of Bihar Governor on Tuesday.

Opposition leaders also maintained the bloc was united against the ruling BJP and that the JD-U continued to be with it, as its decision was a "one-off" development.

Gandhi had taken the initiative to talk to opposition parties to evolve a consensus candidate in the presidential election.

The NDA, including the Shiv Sena and the Peoples Democratic Party of Jammu and Kashmir, which have extended support to Kovind, commands the support of 48.93 percent of the electoral college, which is made up of MPs and MLAs. Reports say that Congress is backing Dalit leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar while the Left parties are for Prakash Ambedkar, another Dalit leader, former MP and grandson of Father of Indian Constitution B R Ambedkar.

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