Kovind symbolises a new and aspiring India: BJD chief Naveen Patnaik

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind

The Chief Minister further stated that "BJD is supporting Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate and we requested all law makers, parliamentarians of the party to vote for him, he added".

Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, as presidential candidates of the UPA, had visited the then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at his residence.

Naveen's statement came after meeting with Kovind at the Odisha Assembly Hall here.

Earlier in the day, Kovind reached Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here in a special aircraft around 11.30 a.m.

Instead, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya will accompany Mr Kovind, the release said.

Kovind's meeting with BJD leaders is a mere formality as the ruling party in Odisha has already lent its support to the NDA's presidential nominee.

The ruling BJD has 117 MLAs in the state and 28 MPs.

"I do not think so at all", Naveen told mediapersons while replying to a question on the possibility of cross-voting in the presidential polls.

Kovind, on the other hand, will meet the legislators of the saffron party at around 2.50pm at BJP legislature party leader KV Singh Deo's residence in the Capital.

The opposition's presidential candidate and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar had launched her campaign from the Sabarmati Ashram on June 22.

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