NDA constituents barring the Shiv Sena on Monday welcomed the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind for the president's post while Opposition parties seemed unimpressed and sought to keep up the suspense on extending their support.
The name of Kovind, who has served two terms as Rajya Sabha MP from BJP and was also the party's Dalit wing head, was announced by Amit Shah. The BJP chief hoped that there would be a consensus on his name.
The Congress, however, spurned the BJP's appeal for consensus on its choice and said the opposition would take a call on contesting the election after a meeting on 22 June.
The BJP had taken a "unilateral decision", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said soon after the announcement.
"Congress does not want to comment on this issue as we want to take a unanimous decision with all other opposition parties on the presidential elections. The final call will be taken in a meeting of all opposition parties on June 22," he said.
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