Kovind appealed to all members of the presidential election collegium to support his candidature.
NDA’s presidential candidateon Tuesday promised to keep the office of the President above party politics as he campaigned in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking both in Hyderabad and Vijayawada, he said the office of the President should be kept above party politics and assured the parties supporting him that he will uphold the highest esteem of the prestigious office.
Stating that he is not associated with any political party, Kovind appealed to all members of thecollegium to support his candidature.
Kovind addressed meetings of ruling parties in both the Telugu states, besides meeting MPs and MLAs of Andhra Pradesh’s main opposition party YSR Congress and leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an opposition party in Telangana.
He spoke at the meeting of the leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Hyderabad and a joint meeting of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its alliance partner BJP in Vijayawada.
“Ever since I became Governor of Bihar, I have been working throughout in a non-partisan manner, keeping every citizen of Bihar with equal status without any discrimination. I can assure you that I will continue to keep the position of the President above party,” he told the meeting attended by TRS President and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and some other BJP leaders in Hyderabad.
“As on today I am not associated with any political party. Of course my earlier background had been with the BJP. I had the privilege of working in the team of Venkaiah Naidu. Even after resigning the governorship, I did not join any party,” Kovind said.
At Vijayawada, Kovind said that for President, the Constitution is the “Geeta”, “Quran”, “Ramayana” and the “Bible”. “It is the only guide book by which the President is supposed to work,” he said.
He said for President the well being of every citizen of the country, irrespective of caste, region, religion and geographic location was important.
Stating that the President is also the supreme commander of the armed forces, he said security of “our international borders should be our topmost priority”. Read more