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Prez polls: Lalu Yadav says ‘Will meet Nitish, ask him not to back Kovind'

Published : Jun 22, 2017, 8:30 pm IST
Updated : Jun 22, 2017, 9:37 pm IST

Lalu Yadav said he would continue to urge JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar to change his decision of supporting NDA’s Presidential candidate.

RJD Chief Lalu Yadav. (Photo: AP)
 RJD Chief Lalu Yadav. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday said he would meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a bid to make him change his mind about supporting NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

There was no threat to the coalition government in Bihar, Lalu Yadav said, referring to his party's alliance with Nitish Kumar's JD(U) in the state.

"I will meet Nitish Kumar and will continue to urge him to change his decision of supporting the NDA candidate," he told reporters after attending the opposition meeting that picked former speaker Meira Kumar as its candidate for president.

The JD(U)'s surprise decision to back Kovind had led to cracks in the opposition camp as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue.

The opposition's move to field Kumar makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential poll.

Tags: 2017 presidential election, meira kumar, rashtriya janata dal (rjd), lalu yadav, nitish kumar, jd(u), ram nath kovind
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