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Presidential Election 2017 highlights: Meira Kumar files nomination in 'battle of ideologies' as numbers favour Ram Nath Kovind

Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar will file her nominations on Wednesday, the last date for filing of nominations, in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi

FP Staff June 28, 2017 12:31:55 IST
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Presidential Election 2017 highlights: Meira Kumar files nomination in 'battle of ideologies' as numbers favour Ram Nath Kovind

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Meira Kumar to pick up 'ideological fight' from 30 June in Gujarat

Meira Kumar is likely to launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat after her nomination papers are cleared on Thursday. 

"I feel I should start my election campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. I will start from there," said Kumar briefing media in New Delhi, a day ahead of filing her nomination papers.

Asked why Sabarmati, Kumar said, "Everybody knows the significance of Sabarmati in our country. The 'sant' of Sabarmati (Mahatma Gandhi) played an important role in the freedom movement of our country. That's why I am going there."

18:28 (ist)

Nitish has done a historical mistake, People of Bihar will never forget him: RJD 

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after 17 opposition parties led by Congress announced to pitch Meira Kumar against NDA nominee Ramnath Kovind.

After attending the meeting in Delhi, RJD leader Lalu Prasad said that Nitish had done a historical mistake.

"Nitish had called me and told about his decision. I advised him not to do so but I can't say what happened after that. Now everybody knows what He has done. He himself had pitched for opposition unity and backtracked," Lalu said.

Latest salvo from the RJD is set to widen the cracks within the ruling Mahagathbandhan. Other alliance partner Congress has also denounced Nitish' party JD(U) for going with the BJP.

Back in Patna, RJD MLA Bhai Virendra challenged Nitish Kumar to change his decision to support Kovind having RSS background.

"People of Bihar will never forget Nitish Kumar. Now a daughter of Bihar from Dalit background has been named Presidential candidate. Nitish should have waited and thought about it. He has done a big mistake and will pay price for that," he said.

Not only Bhai Virendra but other RJD leaders have openly ciriticised Nitish Kumar since yesterday when the Bihar CM announced to support Kovind. 

JD(U) did not participate in today's opposition meeting held in Delhi but RJD leader Lalu Yadav was present there. Lalu had made it clear that He would go with what the Congress led opposition will decide.

Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh alleged that Nitish had taken the decision to demean the RJD. He also feared the ruling Mahagathbandhan might not last long in Bihar.

- Alok Kumar, reporting from Patna

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Meira Kumar files nomination even as numbers stack up against her

Even as Meira Kumar's candidature was approved by 17 opposition political parties, the numbers are clearly in favour of Ram Nath Kovind. 

A total of 4,120 MLAs and 776 MPs would cast their votes in the presidential election on 17 July. Kovind fielded by the NDA is expected to garner almost 60 percent of votes with the help of support extended by several non-NDA parties such as JD(U), BJD, and both factions of AIADMK. 

June 28, 2017 - 12:15 (IST)

JD(U) asserts Presidential polls one off incident, Opposition unity stands strong

June 28, 2017 - 12:11 (IST)

Meanwhile... Oppn denies cracks over presidential poll candidate

Presidential poll candidate has become a bone of contention between JD(U) and the rest of the opposition parties. While JD(U) declared its support for NDA's Ram Nath Kovind for being Bihar's former governor, Congress fielded Meira Kumar, another Dalit and daughter of prominent leader from the state Jagjivan Ram.

However, Nitish's decision to stand by Kovind has started rumours that the Opposition unity may not be as strong as the Congress would like to portray. 

June 28, 2017 - 11:56 (IST)

She represents the values that binds us as a nation: Rahul Gandhi on Meira Kumar

June 28, 2017 - 11:52 (IST)

Meira Kumar to pick up 'ideological fight' from 30 June in Gujarat

Meira Kumar is likely to launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat after her nomination papers are cleared on Thursday. 

"I feel I should start my election campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. I will start from there," said Kumar briefing media in New Delhi, a day ahead of filing her nomination papers.

Asked why Sabarmati, Kumar said, "Everybody knows the significance of Sabarmati in our country. The 'sant' of Sabarmati (Mahatma Gandhi) played an important role in the freedom movement of our country. That's why I am going there."

June 28, 2017 - 11:45 (IST)

Who is Meira Kumar, Oppn presidential nominee

Meira Kumar entered electoral politics in 1985 when she joined Congress and is a five-time Lok Sabha MP. Kumar, the daughter of prominent Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram, has beaten powerful Dalit leaders like Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati to win in Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. She is also the first woman to become the Lok Sabha Speaker. Read more about her family background and political career here. 

June 28, 2017 - 11:35 (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind finishes nomination procedures on last day of filing papers

BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu filed fourth set of nomination papers on behalf of Kovind to conclude the nomination formalities for the NDA's presidential pick. The Presidential elections, slated for 17 July, will see a race between Opposition's Meira Kumar and Kovind, who has a decided advantage given to the strength of the ruling party in the House. 

June 28, 2017 - 11:30 (IST)

Opposition leaders, sans JDU, attend Meira Kumar's nomination

In yet another bid to underscore Opposition's unity, leaders from various political parties flanked Kumar as she reached Parliament House to file her nomination papers. From Congress President Sonia Gandhi, to All India Trinamool Congress' Derek O' Brian, prominent leaders from several opposition parties made appearances alongside Kumar. 
 

However, JD(U)'s presence was noticeably missing from the scene, which had pledged support to NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind, even before Kumar's candidature was announced. 

June 28, 2017 - 11:23 (IST)

Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar will file her nominations on Wednesday, the last date for filing of nominations, in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a number of opposition leaders. According to sources, Kumar will file a set of four nomination papers which will be proposed and seconded by leaders of a number of opposition parties.

She will file her papers at 11:30 am in Parliament before the Lok Sabha Secretary General, the returning officer for the 17 July presidential election.

"Leaders of every opposition party will get an opportunity to propose or second the nomination of Meira Kumar, their joint candidate," said a senior Congress leader.

Leaders of a number of opposition parties including CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury and TMC's Derek O'Brien and other leaders representing opposition parties like the DMK, SP, BSP, RJS and JMM, will also accompany her during her nomination filing.

The 75-year-old Kumar is the joint opposition candidate of 17 non-NDA parties against the ruling NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, will launch her campaign from June 30 from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, soon after the scrutiny of nominations on 29 June.

She said that for her it is a battle of ideologies and not a 'Dalit versus Dalit' fight. Kumar had earlier made an emotional appeal to the electorate comprising MPs and MLAs to cast their vote with their "inner conscience".

She also said the president's post cannot be used for narrow political interests. Taking a leaf from former prime minister Indira Gandhi's appeal made during the 1974 presidential poll in favour of VV Giri, Kumar said, "This is that moment when one should heed to the inner voice of conscience and set the course of the
nation."

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