Opposition Considering Name Of MS Swaminathan As Presidential Candidate
New Delhi: As the NDA has sprung up a surprise to everyone by announcing Ram Nath Kovind’s name, sources said that even the opposition parties are thinking on the same line. It is said that they want to field veteran agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan against Kovind for the Presidential election.
It was Shiv Sena which proposed the name of Swaminathan earlier for the post. However, it pitched the name of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for the top post.
Since the right wing party, Sena has been at loggerheads with the BJP, Congress wants to make use of its dissent by backing Shiv Sena’s candidature.
Meanwhile, opposition parties are also considering the names of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, ex-Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader and grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar, Prakash Yashwant and former Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
Reports say two key Opposition parties are said to be in favour of Shinde because he is from Maharashtra, where the Shiv Sena is yet to give a commitment to the BJP.
These two parties feel that every effort must be made to keep the Sena on the Opposition’s side in the presidential election. Prakash too hails from Maharashtra, which strengthens his credentials as well.
The opposition parties feel that the government did not sincerely try to evolve a consensus.