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YSR Congress announces support to NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind

PTI Amaravati (AP) 19 Jun 2017, 21:28:56 IST

The opposition YSR Congress party in Andhra Pradesh today announced its support to the NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. 

YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that his party would support Kovind's candidature for the top post as he was a Dalit leader. 

Jagan gave this assurance to BJP chief Amit Shah, when the latter called him over the phone this afternoon seeking the YSRC's support for the ruling coalition's nominee. 

Jagan, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last month, had announced his party would support the NDA's nominee in next month's presidential election. 

The YSRC has 10 MPs and 66 MLAs. The electoral college which elects the president through the system of proportional representation comprises elected MPs and members of legislative assemblies.