Presidential Election 2017: Meira Kumar appeals for votes in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: The opposition's presidential nominee, Meira Kumar, on Monday met the Congress MPs and MLAs from Himachal Pradesh and urged them to use their "conscience" while voting in the 17 July election to the country's top constitutional post.

"Earlier also, the members had exercised their conscience during the presidential contest between Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and VV Giri," she told the Congress lawmakers.

The former Lok Sabha speaker, who was accompanied by senior Congress leaders including Salman Khurshid, Ambika Soni and Anand Sharma, claimed that she had the support of 17 parties in the presidential election.

She alleged that the ruling BJP had become "intolerant" towards the different ideologies, religions, eating habits etc. in the country.

File image of Meira Kumar. AFP

File image of Meira Kumar. AFP

"India has been a perfect example of unity in diversity as the people of the country follow various religions, ideologies, cultural ethos and values. But, this multi-religious system is being marginalised and the people are
looking at us to raise their voice," the five-time Lok Sabha MP told reporters later.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh assured Kumar that the Himachal Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would stand behind her as she was the "most deserving candidate" for the post of president.

The BJP-led NDA's presidential nominee, former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, is scheduled to visit Shimla on 13 July to seek the support of the MLAs and MPs of the ruling bloc.

The presidential election is scheduled to take place on 17 July and the counting of votes will be taken up on 20 July.


Updated Date: Jul 10, 2017 21:16 PM

Also Watch

IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore eye revival against Chennai Super Kings as 'Cauvery Derby' comes back to life
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It's A Wrap: Beyond the Clouds stars Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See