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UDF constituent Kerala Congress (Mani) has already declared support for the Opposition’s candidate

After Ensuring some Cross-Voting in the Upcoming Presidential Polls for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the Northeast, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is Determined to Strike an Ideological Blow to the Opposition by Managing the same in Kerala.According to Senior Office-Bearers of the BJP, the Party is in Talks with at least 6 MLA’s, Independents & Members of the Congress-Led United Democratic Front (UDF) for Votes for Mr. Kovind.This, they said, would also come as a Morale Booster for the Party Cadre in the State.

The Defection of 6 Trinamool Congress MLA’s to the NDA Camp in Left-Ruled Tripura has been 1 such Boost.

Boosting Presence

“A Senior General Secretary of the BJP is In Touch with some UDF MLA’s & the Party will be much Boosted in the State even if it gets 1 More Vote than its Current Strength of 1 MLA,” said a Senior Leader Involved in the Process.

The Target is for 6 UDF MLA’s to Vote for Mr. Kovind & some Air Miles are being Clocked between Delhi & Kerala for these Negotiations.

Incidentally, the UDF Constituent Kerala Congress (Mani) has already Declared Support for the Opposition’s Candidate, Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.The Party’s Chief K.M. Mani, however, did Break with Party Ranks to Attend the Midnight Launch of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) Regime at the Central Hall of Parliament on June 30.


The BJP in Kerala has just 1 MLA, Party Veteran O. Rajagopal. In fact, Kerala & Puducherry MLA’s Supporting Mr. Kovind had to Travel to Chennai to Meet Him when he was there to Canvass Support.Mr. Kovind, meanwhile, will be Travelling to Chhattisgarh, Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh in the Next few Days, according to Senior Party Leaders.

“We are Asking for Support from Everyone for Mr. Kovind & we are In Touch with almost every MLA in the Country,” said the Leader.