It looks like Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are too eager to please the Bharatiya Janata Party, if their reaction on the selection of Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind as the NDA’s candidate for the Presidential elections.
Soon after finalising the name of Kovind as the Presidential candidate at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to all the NDA partners and presidents of various parties to seek their support.
A few minutes later, Amit Shah addressed the press conference to announce Kovind’s name.
Within half-an-hour, there was a statement from Telangana chief minister’s office that KCR had received a call from Modi, who apparently told him that the BJP followed KCR’s advice to select a Dalit as the Presidential candidate.
“The chief minister is very happy that Modi has heeded to his advice. And after discussing with the senior leaders of the party, he extended the support of the TRS to the BJP candidate,” the statement said.
Not to lag behind, Jagan, too, issued a statement within a short time, stating that he had received a call from Amit Shah and that the YSRC would extend support to the Dalit candidate selected by the BJP for the post of President.
Of course, Modi also spoke to Telugu Desam Party president and AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, but the latter being an NDA partner, would anyway support Kovind.
Naidu was also entrusted with the responsibility of seeking support from Trinamul Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to the NDA's candidate.