After naming Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA’s presidential candidate on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, seeking their support to his party’s choice.
Last week, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu had met Sonia and CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to evolve a consensus on a candidate nominee.
BJP president Amit Shah had on Sunday met party's ally and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai to ensure support.
The election for the next President of India is to be held on 17 July as President Pranab Mukherjee is finishing his term on July 25.
Earlier the Election Commission of India had issued a notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.
Later, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressed the media, refusing to comment on the BJP choice. He said constituents of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and all other non-NDA parties will take a call on the issue at a meeting fixed for 22 June.
Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said parties opposing Kovind will be considered anti-Dalit.