Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar in Hyderabad for election campaign

Opposition presidential nominee Meira Kumar speaks during a press conference in New Delhi

Yesterday it may be mentioned that these 5 MLA's had chosen to go against the party decisions and vote for the BJP led candidates in the upcoming Rashtarapati elections.

'We have decided not to vote for Meira Kumar as she is the Congress candidate enjoying support from the CPM. Both the TMC and CPI (M), considered arch-rivals in West Bengal politics, are part of the Opposition bloc, which faced a jolt when the Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) made a decision to back the NDA nominee.

Earlier in the day, Chatterjee said in Kolkata that the stand of the six MLAs in Tripura was not in any way the party's stand and it will have no truck with them in future. Many other TMC leaders, including its cadre, have already joined the saffron fold. One Tripura TMC MLA Dilip Sarkar is now in Delhi and he too has supported the decision, he said.

Barman did not say anything about whom they will vote for in the July 17 presidential election. Mulayam Singh Yadav had also expressed his support for Mr. Kovind. The party did not have minimum democracy and respect to fellow colleagues, otherwise, Mamata Banerjee should have called us to seek our view and respect to our sentiment against communist and he underscored adding even today before announcing disassociation with five MLAs here they did not feel to listen to us. Six Congress MLAs led by Sudip Roy Barman resigned from the party previous year and joined the Trinamool in protest against the Congress' electoral alliance with the Left in the West Bengal assembly elections. "It is unfortunate that the Congress is trying to present this as the battle of ideology", Naidu said on the sidelines of Textiles India-2017 exhibition in Gandhinagar."Considering the capacity, calibre, and commitment of our candidate, not just the BJP and the NDA but several other parties such as JD-U and BJD, among others, are supporting our candidate", he said. The BSP has six members in the Rajya Sabha. "Besides, no party can impose a whip on anybody for the Presidential election", Nath said.

Notwithstanding the clear majority, the party has, BJP is working overtime to ensure they get votes from states where they have zero presence.

Mr. Kovind is a former Bihar governor. "In Presidential election there is no convention of wipe only request to the party MLAs and MPs or left it to their individual choice".

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