Monday, 19 February, 2018

Presidential poll: Opposition candidate Meira Kumar files nomination papers

Meira Kumar It's not a Dalit vs Dalit contest insists Meira Kumar
Ellis Copeland | 29 June, 2017, 19:51

Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Wednesday spoke exclusively to News Nation before filing her nomination paper for presidential election.

The election campaign of the Presidential candidate of Opposition, Meira Kumar will start on June 30 from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. It was in this context that she had pitched the presidential election as "a battle of ideology".

The election is scheduled for July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20. But there was no discussion on their castes.

The External Affairs Minister on Sunday posted a video of former Lok Sabha speaker on Twitter where she can be seen interrupting her during her speech in the House.

She also said the president's post can not be used for narrow political interests. Their qualities, capabilities, eligibility and achievements were discussed.

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"I am happy that caste is being talked about - it shows the reality of our society, what society thinks".

The five-time MP also highlighted how several schemes initiated by the previous UPA government for the Dalits, Adivasis and marginalised sections have been shelved by the ruling dispensation. "Such acts are hurting our constitution", she added.

Although Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi did not accompany the entourage as Kumar filed nomination, he tweeted his support for the Opposition's candidate.

Kumar has been pitted against National Democratic Alliance ( NDA) presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind by the opposition. When asked if she is the losing candidate, Kumar hit back: "Why are you calling it a losing battle?"

Among others who were present when Ms Kumar filed her nomination were Congress chief ministers including Punjab's Amarinder Singh, Karnataka's Siddharamaiah, Himachal Pradesh's Virbhadra Singh, Puducherry's V Narayanasamy, Meghalaya's Mukul Sangma, senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ambika Soni.

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