Presidential Election 2017: Mamata Banerjee says voting for Meira to protest BJP's 'atrocities'

Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her party's support for Opposition presidential nominee Meira Kumar is a mark of protest against the BJP's "atrocities".

File image of Mamata Banerjee. AFP

File image of Mamata Banerjee. AFP

"We are voting for Meira Kumar because it's a vote against the atrocities of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), violence in the name of cow vigilantism, interference in federal structure... It's a vote against injustice," said the Trinamool Congress chief.

"I think Meira Kumar will get the maximum votes from West Bengal Assembly as the Trinamool Congress voted for her," Banerjee told the media here at the Assembly.

She said her party voted for Meira Kumar knowing she might lose.

The BJP-led NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind is expected to win since the NDA has more states ruled by its constituents.

"We will have respect for whoever wins the race, which will probably be with BJP's support. But we want all the Opposition parties to come on one platform and unite in the political battle," she said.

Lawmakers across India voted on Monday to elect the country's 14th president. Incumbent Pranab Mukherjee demits office on 25 July.

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 17:25 PM

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