Bhubaneswar: NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind along with Union Health Minister JP Nadda today met BJD legislators and MPs at the State Assembly conference hall for around one hour. Kovind also addressed the BJD MLAs and MPs after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s short speech. Before the meeting started, Patnaik, Kovind and Nadda raised hands in unison to freeze the moment.
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. After the meeting at the Assembly conference hall, Kovind went to the Naveen Nivas to have launch with the BJD chief. Kovind told media persons, “I am happy to be here and grateful for the full fledged support of BJD to my presidential candidature,” adding that the lunch was very tasty. At BJP legislature party leader KV Singh Deo’s residence, Kovind will meet saffron party legislators separately this afternoon.
Earlier, at round 11.30 am, Kovind along with Nadda arrived at the Bhubaneswar airport in a special flight to a rousing reception by leaders of both BJD and BJP.