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Will Contest Prez Poll Based On Ideology: Opposition

Will Contest Prez Poll Based On Ideology: Opposition

With the opposition choosing former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as their presidential nominee, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday called on those with "secular ideology" to extend their full support to her. I would pose a question to them that don't you think that your decision was a little too immature and in haste when you took important decision like who is going to head the Indian executive for the next five years? However, the two parties have finally made a decision to support Meira. "But his party yesterday announced support for Kovind on the basis of his personality", he said.

Meira Kumar was chosen as the opposition's candidate to contest the presidential poll.

Asked to comment on the JD-U stand, Gandhi said, "We do hope that other Opposition parties join us".

The BJP has prepared four sets for Kovind's nomination. "It was a wrong decision of your party (backing Kovind)", Lalu added.The RJD leader's remarks came a day after the JD-U announced support to Kovind in the July 17 Presidential election.

As the clock ticks for election of the 14 President of India on July 17 the war of words between the political parties in the country has dominated the political landscape of the nation even as the race to field Dalit candidates has just begun. The values I hold dear - of inclusiveness, social justice and pluralism - are the values the President must uphold.

In an appeal to the electorate comprising Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and legislators in state assemblies, she said the post was responsible for "safeguarding and defending" constitutional principles.




Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the Congress was not honest towards the Dalits or the Dalit cause.

"I would humbly appeal to the party members that if they want to continue to sail with the Opposition, which they are saying, then they must reconsider now and apply their mind in an absolutely non-political way between Meira Kumar and Ramnath Kovind and see who would make a better leader of India".

He further said Meira Kumar is the "daughter of Bihar" and he will try to convince Nitish to back her for the post.

While it is unclear whether the regional parties in Congress ruled states of Mizoram and Meghalaya will vote for or against the NDA candidate, for now it is plausible that the ruling party in both the states will vote for UPA candidate Meira Kumar.

The sources said Gandhi as well as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and BSP supremo Mayawati supported Meira Kumar's candidature on Wednesday.


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