Presidential Election 2017: BSP changes stand; Lalu Prasad Yadav says will appeal to Nitish on Meira Kumar

The Opposition, in its meeting to discuss presidential candidate, on Thursday zeroed in on former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as the candidate against NDA's Ram Nath Kovind.

File image of Meira Kumar. PIB

File image of Meira Kumar. PIB

The name comes up after the Opposition's deliberation on other options like Gopal Krishna Gandhi and Prakash Ambedkar. The choice has triggered mixed reactions from different quarters.

According to Times Now, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said, "They (Congress) are only putting up a symbolic fight. If they only wanted to make her, they could've done during the two occasions when Congress was in power. The ruling party also said that Congress is using Kumar for her Dalit status.

Former Bihar deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi said that they have the numbers and the game is already over.  BJP spokesperson Shaina NC, however, was more positive saying, "As a woman I would want to compliment Meira ji but they dont have the numbers. The majority is for Ram Nath Kovind with all the correct prerequisites."

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has decided to stick to their decision of supporting Kovind, saying, "There's no question of going back."  The JD(U) said its stand is based on merit and it will stick it.

The contest gets a tad more interesting with RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, on the other hand, saying that he will go to Patna and appeal to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to support Meira Kumar.

According to CNN-News 18, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also took an interesting turn by withdrawing their support of Kovind and saying they would back Kumar.

Fuad Kalim of CPM told Times Now, "I think it's a masterstroke by the Opposition. Now there's only one point: who is in favour of an RSS candidate and who favours one from a non-RSS background."

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Published Date: Jun 22, 2017 06:35 pm | Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 03:01 pm


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