Presidential Elections: Has Modi’s Plan Worked?
New Delhi: BJP’s last minute pick of Ram Nath Kovind as Presidential candidate was a surprise to media and to all parties. Modi was successful by bringing saffron mark ‘Kovind ‘into Rastrapathi Bhavan by using the trump card of Dalit keeping an eye on 2019 elections.
Kovind , presently Governor of Bihar , has all kinds of qualifications to be Presidential candidate but his name by Modi for the first citizen of India surprised one and all. Kovind himself did not expect until last minute.
Congress was still in dilemma to say yes or no for NDA’s pick. Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Sonia Gandhi will be presiding over a meeting of all the major allies to discuss this issue. But BJP leaders said PM Modi has a word with Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh before announcing Ram Nath as their candidate.
Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, CPI General Secretary said that they will oppose any candidate with RSS background. He also clarified that they will put up a candidate against Ram Nath.
TMC‘s excuses is not up to the mark. As per CM Mamatha if the candidate is a well known person like Sushma or Advani it is the better choice. Though she is not saying Kovid is unfit for President, her decision will be finalised after opposition parties meet on June 22nd. At the last meeting N she said that there are many Dalit leaders in the country who can be selected, thus leaving her intentions to calculate by us.
TDP, TRS, YSRCP, AIDMK, BJD, all parties extended their support for Ram Nath.
But at last it was Modi who was successful in breaking UPA allies for this election. Modi whose agenda for 2019 elections will be Ayodhya, along with anti-corruption government will the use of Dalit card too in Northern region for his political benefit, felt political experts.