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Presidential Election 2017 Highlights: Ram Nath Kovind vs Meira Kumar; Voting Ends
Jul 17, 2017 09:59:48 (IST)
Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal, which is supporting Mr Kovind, skipped both the opposition meeting with Meira Kumar and the NDA meeting with Mr Kovind on Sunday. The move was seen as an effort to maintain an equal distance with the ruling BJP and the opposition. Mr Kumar's support to Mr Kovind had come as a big blow to the opposition, which had picked the Presidential elections as an occasion to forge an anti-BJP bloc ahead of the 2019 general elections. His choice has also revealed the growing rift with Lalu Yadav, his ruling alliance partner in Bihar, triggering speculations of split.

(Photo: Nitish Kumar and his party - the JD(U) - have pledged support to Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election)

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