New Delhi: The surprise announcement of Ram Nath Kovind – Bihar Governor and a Dalit – from the Narendra Modi government has drawn a “will get back” reaction from most opposition parties.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, has been her usual outspoken self. Minutes after the NDA’s Presidential candidate was announced, the Chief Minister, who is on her way to Hague, responded with a series of reservations.
The office of President is a key post and “someone of stature of Pranab Da, or even Sushma Swaraj or Advani-ji may have been made the candidate,” her party quoted her as saying in a series of tweets.
“There are other big Dalit leaders in India. He was leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP, so they have made him the candidate,” she further said.
Ms Banerjee is one of the opposition leaders who had said they could not commit to support the NDA candidate without knowing who it would be. Initially, the BJP had said Union Minister Arun Jaitley, who had earlier spoken to the Trinamool chief, will get in touch with her again.