Dark horse Ram Nath Kovind, Dalit leader, is NDA Presidential candidate

But another BJP ally, Ramvilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party, said those who oppose Kovind will be considered anti-Dalit.

When Naidu on Wednesday spoke to BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra and NCP leader Praful Patel over phone, he was told that the two parties will firm up their stand only after the Bharatiya Janata Party panel meets them formally.

Venkaiah Naidu and Sitaram Yechury after their meeting.

Since Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a four-day official visit to South Korea, Rajnath and Naidu are leaving no stone unturned to woo the opposition to build consensus on presidential nominee. He is scheduled to return only on Saturday morning.

Congress floor leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, "As they have not given any specific names, there is no question of agreeing for a consensus". The three names are Sushma Swaraj, Ram Naik or a tribal or a Dalit steeped in RSS ideology.

"The BJP leaders did not give any name to Congress President Sonia Gandhi but they wanted us to reveal the name of our candidate. So, there is nothing to think about when they did not suggest any name", Yechury said. "Amit Shah called up Uddhavji after the NDA's Presidential candidate was decided by the BJP's parliamentary board meeting".

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Eyewitness Abdulraman Aidroos told Anadolu Agency the "white British man" had shouted "I am going to kill Muslims". Vehicles have also been also used to attack the public on London's Westminster Bride, in Nice, and in Berlin.

Considering that the RSS has succeeded in planting saffron aficionados in a fairly large number of "autonomous" institutions, including the Indian Council of Historical Research and the Indian Council of Social Science Research, it is unlikely to be hesitant about having a man of its choice in Rashtrapati Bhavan - the best prize of all.

Should there be a fight, the Left parties are reportedly keen on fielding Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and former Governor of West Bengal.

Sharad Yadav: Former president of Janata Dal (United) is a prominent opposition leader, who can be nominated for the constitutional post.

Barring the TRS and the BJD which expressed support to Kovind, all other non-BJP parties accused the ruling party of unilateralism and will meet here on Thursday to finalise their strategy for the July 17 battle. Earlier, there were reports of him being joining BJP also.

However, after Bhagwat himself turned down the proposal, the Sena has opted for M.S. Swaminathan, known as the father of India's "green revolution" in agriculture.

In a series of tweets, Sinha said: "What Advaniji has, is the ability to understand the complexity of the Constitution and to take the right decision when needed without getting influenced by anyone, in the larger interest of the nation".

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