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Congress leader Digvijaya Singh claims Kovind hardly had any example of raising Dalit issues

Lucknow: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has always been known for his remarks. This time he raised a question on the selection of NDA’s candidate for President. He said on Tuesday that the BJP may have named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, but being a “Dalit candidate” did Kovind has ever raised an issue concerning Dalits.

He claimed. “Be it atrocities on Dalits in the name of cow protection in Una, Gujarat, or even Saharanpur, in UP, no one from the BJP came out in their (Dalits’) support.”

Singh said in Lucknow it is the BJP’s right to nominate its candidate but the party did not even take NDA ally Shiv Sena into confidence. He said “forget about opposition parties, they did not even take their alliance partner Shiv Sena into confidence.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has selected Ram Nath Kovind, Governor of Bihar, as the BJP’s candidate for the presidency. He is a Dalit, belonging to a small non-Jatav community, traditionally, a deprived sub-segment even within the Dalits.