Presidential polls: Ruling AIADMK faction announces support for NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind

india Updated: Jun 21, 2017 23:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

BJP's presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind meeting senior party leader LK Advani at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

The AIADMK (Amma), led by chief minister K Palaniswami, announced its support to NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.

The announcement came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi rang up Palaniswami to seek his party’s support for the National Democratic Alliance nominee.

A press release issued by the AIADMK headquarters here recalled the Prime Minister calling up palaniswami, who is also party headquarters Secretary, seeking support for Kovind and said the matter was discussed on Wednesday by the high command.

Based on the deliberations, it was decided to unanimously extend support to Kovind, the release said.

On Tuesday, party leader TTV Dinakaran had said in Bengaluru after meeting his aunt VK Sasikala in a jail there that AIADMK (Amma)’s stand on backing the NDA presidential nominee would be decided by her.

He had told reporters that, “It (the party’s stand on presidential poll) will be decided by party’s general secretary Sasikala.”

Asked whether the party would support Kovind, he had said “That also will be decided by (party) general secretary.”

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 23:42 IST