Patna,(BiharTimes): The Janata Dal (United) has no aversion to the candidature of Hamid Ansari for the post of President though the name has been floated by none else but arch-rival, Rashtriya Janata Dal.
It was Lalu Yadav, who on the day of the marriage of his sixth daughter in New Delhi on Tuesday, came up with his name. Among other political bigwigs the marriage was attended by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (United) national spokesman, Shivanand Tiwary.
The problem with the Janata Dal (United) was that it can not disapprove the name of a Muslim candidate at the time when it is trying its level best to woo the community back in Bihar. The party has 20 Lok Sabha and nine Rajya Sabha MPs, besides, 118 MLAs.
Shivanand told a section of media that though his party has not yet decided on the name of the candidate to support, yet Hamid Ansari, also a Muslim and a qualified person, is not a bad choice.
Besides, there is the convention of several vice-presidents elevated to the presidential position such as S Radhakrishnan, Zakir Hussain, R Venkatraman, K R Narayanan and Shankar Dayal Sharma.
But then Hamid Ansari was originally a Congress choice as the Vice President, therefore, it can not be denied that the party is playing its role in neutralizing the efforts made by several chief ministers to instal a non-Congress candidate in Rashtrapati Bhawan. Nitish Kumar was also among the chief ministers who wanted to deny the Congress a chance.
By floating the name of Hamid Ansari, and that too on the eve of his daughter’s marriage Lalu had played his card well. If he really did so at the instance of Congress than he had certainly managed to break Nitish away from the group of CMs quite active on the issue.