‘Bihar ki beti’ Meira nominated to lose: Nitish Kumar

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said ‘Bihar ki beti’ Meira Kumar has been nominated as the Presidential candidate by the Opposition only to lose.

“I have a lot of respect for Meira Kumar, but ‘Bihar ki beti’ has been nominated only to lose,” Nitish told the media.

Despite conflict of opinion over presidential nominee, Janata Dal (United) chief today attended an iftaar party organised by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Patna. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was also present at the party with grand alliance partner.

Remaining firm on its stand of supporting National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Nitish said his party took the decision after a detailed discussion with all party leaders.

“We took the decision after discussing all the leaders of our party and will not reconsider our decision to back Kovind,” he added.

He further said the presidential candidature should not be made a subject of political confrontation.

Earlier, Lalu said that Nitish was doing a ‘mistake’ by supporting Kovind, adding that he would try to convince him to rethink on the same.

“I don’t know why Nitish Kumar took this decision. I will tell him that he has made a mistake and would appeal him to rethink on his decision to support Kovind,” Lalu told ANI.

The opposition on Thursday fielded former Lok Sabha speaker Meira as Presidential candidate against NDA’s nominee Kovind.

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 24.

The counting of the votes will be done on July 20. (ANI)