Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dialed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu with a special task: Help convince West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been her outspoken self on Ram Nath Kovind, who has been chosen he presidential candidate of the NDA.
The Bengal Chief Minister, who is on her way to Hague, responded with a series of concerns minutes after the NDA’s Presidential candidate was announced.
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.
She further said, “There are other big Dalit leaders in India. He was leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP, so they have made him candidate.”
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.
Mr Naidu is among the handful of parties from the South which committed to support the NDA candidate.