Kovind is from RSS ranks, opposition must put up candidate, says CPI

The BJP today named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for the post of president.

Published: 19th June 2017 04:43 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2017 04:43 PM   |  A+A-

Governor of Bihar Shri Ram Nath Kovind addressing NCC cadets in a function at Raj Bhavan,Patna on February 02, 2017.

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind. (Photo | Bihar Governor's website)


HYDERABAD: The Opposition parties must put up their candidate against Ram Nath Kovind, named by BJP as the NDA's candidate for the post of president, as he is from the ranks of RSS, CPI said today.

The BJP today named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for the post of president.

"He is also from RSS ranks. He was president of Dalit BJP Morcha...Sangh Pariwar organisation. Definitely, we will put up a candidate. Anybody from RSS...we will fight," CPI General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy told PTI here.

The CPI leader said his party feels that the Opposition must put up a candidate, adding that a decision would be taken in consultation with "our colleagues and other parties".

"Anybody from RSS rank will further divide the country.

The three-year rule of the BJP government has divided the country. Anybody from RSS ranks will further divide the country. We feel that definitely (there is a need for a) democratic candidate, not from the hardcore of RSS", he said.

Reddy also said that the Opposition parties have decided to field a candidate.

"We have decided that on (June) 20th or 21st we will finalise the candidate. There is a sub-committee. In consultations, we felt we should definitely put up a candidate. The sub-committee will meet on 21st or so and finalise the candidate," he said.

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