Kovind to visit Bengaluru on July 5, meet BJP lawmakers

Kovind to visit Bengaluru on July 5, meet BJP lawmakers
The NDA candidate for the Presidential election Ram Nath Kovind will visit Bengaluru on July 5 to interact with state MPs and MLAs as he taps for more votes in the southern part of the country.

BJP sources here ruled out the possibility of him seeking support from the Opposition parties, especially the JD(S) that has announced support for the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, as the NDA is confident of a comfortable victory of Kovind.

Kovind will be accompanied by a Union minister and at least two BJP leaders during his day-long trip to Karnataka, which is already warming up to next year’s Assembly elections.

A day before his Bengaluru visit, Kovind will be in Andhra Pradesh, which is ruled by the NDA ally TDP, to reach out to lawmakers ahead of the poll. The MPs and MLAs of Telangana will also join the gathering in the neighbouring state. The TRS has agreed to put into Kovind’s kitty its share of votes.

On July 1, Kovind will fly down to Tamil Nadu. Union minister J P Nadda and two BJP parliamentarians Gajendra Singh Sekhawat of Rajasthan and Nalin Kumar Kateel of Karnataka will be present during the Chennai tour.

In Chennai, the NDA lawmakers from the adjoining state of Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry will attend the interaction with Kovind, said BJP sources.

Kovind will seek support from leaders of All India N R Congress (AINRC), a regional party floated by former Puducherry chief minister N Rangaswamy.  Subsequently, he is slated to meet the two AIADMK camps separately. Both the groups — one led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy and the other by O Pannerselvam — have agreed to vote in favour of the NDA candidate, which has bolstered his chances of victory.

After winding up his campaigning in South on July 5, Kovind will move on to the Northeastern states. His nation-wide tour to solicit votes will end on July 15, two days ahead of the polling.

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