Modi Congratulates Kovind In Advance On Prez Poll Eve

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind “in advance” and assured him of his government’s support, a day before the election to the top constitutional post.

At a meeting of the NDA MPs which was also attended by Kovind, Modi recalled that the former Bihar governor had worked as a ‘sahyogi’ (aide) of Morarji Desai when he was the prime minister and said this government will offer all ‘sahyog’ (cooperation) to him. Kovind’s win against opposition candidate Meira Kumar is a foregone conclusion as the ruling coalition has secured the support of nearly two-thirds of the electoral college, with some political parties even outside the NDA fold throwing their weight behind him.

Quoting Modi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the prime minister also offered his congratulations in advance to the Dalit leader. Kumar also made light of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s call to MPs and MLAs for “vote of conscience”, saying 40 political parties have supported Kovind’s presidential bid and non-NDA chief ministers of states like Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Odisha have also announced their support for him. “The way ahead is very clear,” he said, underlining the clear majority enjoyed by the NDA candidate.