At his first step on the tour, he reached Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. "We just didn't go". "For me, Uttar Pradesh is my mother", he added.
JD (U) spokesperson KC Tyagi said it was an NDA event and there was no reason for his party's presence there. Citing sources, news agency IANS reported that Kovind will be accompanied by Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Jitendra Singh. "Telugu Desam legislators may also join the meeting", BJP Legislature Party leader G. Kishen Reddy told this newspaper. He also met with state Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit.
Aam Admi Party AAP leader Dr. Salil Saha declined to comment anything in particular on Kovind since he wasn't sure about the stand of his party-line.
The state, which has the maximum population in the country, has the highest value of each vote in the presidential election.
He was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his trip to Parliament House to file his papers.
At the meeting, Gadkari also explained as to how to cast the ballot.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday suggested Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar not to sail on two boats saying this could prove disastrous for him. However, the two parties have finally chose to support Meira. "Kovindji knew my family and my father (late Sonelal Patel)". In the Presidential election scheduled for July 17, he will face off with the Congress-led opposition candidate Meira Kumar, whose nomination was announced Thursday. However, as the RSS chief didn't show any inclination, the party proposed the name of Swaminathan who too didn't show any interest.
"I am thankful to all those who have supported me, will try to maintain the dignity of the post", the former Bihar governor said after filing his papers.
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has ruled out a merger of the three factions of the State's ruling AIADMK.
With the support of these parties, Kovind is set to get more than 61 per cent of votes in the electoral college.
The Presidential poll will take place on July 17 and result will be declared on July 20.