Country’s secular fabric in danger, those in power should not ‘disrupt’ harmony: Meira Kumar

The former Lok Sabha Speaker said she is contesting the presidential elections to fight against an ideology that has threatened and put the secular fabric of the country in danger.

By: PTI | Shillong | Published:July 5, 2017 8:00 pm
Meira Kumar, Ram Nath Kovind, Trinamool Congress, presidential polls, presidential race, presidential candidate, Indian express news Stating that India is a vast country with so many religions, ethnic groups, cultures and many ways of living in harmony, Kumar said, “Those in power should be able to always promote this harmony and not disrupt it.” (File Photo)

Opposition’s presidential nominee Meira Kumar today said the country’s secular fabric is in “danger”, asserting that those in power should promote communal harmony and not “disrupt” it. Kumar also said there is a definite move in the country to communalise people in the name of what one should eat, what one should see and how one should live.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker said she is contesting the presidential elections to fight against an ideology that has threatened and put the secular fabric of the country in danger. “The need (to contest the presidential poll) has arisen because the atmosphere in the country has begun to threaten the secular fabric of the country,” Kumar said while addressing the MLAs of the state.

Seeking the support of the legislators, she said her fight was against an ideology that “has challenged and is exceedingly putting in danger the communal harmony, social justice, inclusiveness, transparency and all that we have been standing for and held dear.”

“This is the chance we have to make history and act in the best interest of our country for its progress and modernity and also for our next generation,” she added. Stating that India is a vast country with so many religions, ethnic groups, cultures and many ways of living in harmony, Kumar said, “Those in power should be able to always promote this harmony and not disrupt it.” Kumar expressed her gratitude to the 17 opposition parties for backing her against ruling NDA nominee Ramnath Kovind in the July 17 elections, saying they were doing so despite political differences.

In an indirect attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kumar said she failed to understand why, despite their “tremendous majority in Parliament and given their hold in the government,” NDA leaders were “only talking and trying to distance themselves (from communal incidents) and no action is seen on the ground.” Appealing to the MLAs to listen to their inner voice, she said, “The inner voice of conscience carries more weight than numbers when people decide on moral ground and on grounds of principles and ethics and philosophy.”

Besides Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy was present. Kumar thanked Roy, president of the United Democratic Party that has eight MLAs, for his support.

“It is encouraging to find the Leader of Opposition with us. I am grateful the House is with us. People are with us and with our ideology that we are following,” she said. NDA-ally National People’s Party (having two MLAs) and Hills State People’s Democratic Party (with four MLAs) did not attend Kumar’s address.

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    vvvvv
    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    Meria Kumar what she is telling todays fact when she was speaker of LokSaba nothing like today indian democracy is danger or not having communal incidents or cow lynching. Meria jee you only can stop or applied the brake to this Modi and Amit shah Govt as enemy of Dalits and Muslims. Yes it is fact today other countries are travelling to moon other skies this two idts still talking about cow Rakshas how we ate still backward imageine.. Jai Hind
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      Vel
      Jul 7, 2017 at 10:36 am
      When you were in power what have you done?
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        Dev Verma
        Jul 6, 2017 at 11:17 pm
        Since she is out of speakers post today she came to know that secular fabric of nation is in danger......wah ray madam speaker I thought you are educated but you are still in circle of secularism...what a gimmick. Kiya hua hei in politicians ko....kahan kahan say geela hei in ka programme. madamji people's are travelling to moon and you are still dragging bullcart of congress party.. grow at least at this age, todays generation are looking at you hence protect what you have earned being speaker....I feel sorry for your saying.
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          Raj Parwani
          Jul 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm
          Meira Kumar I completely agree with you, India's secular fabric is in danger because of BJP/RSS hate based politics, actually the country is on suicidal path, BJP/RSS is breaking the country from within and people like you are needed to stop this suicide mission of BJP/RSS.
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            Dev Verma
            Jul 6, 2017 at 11:20 pm
            Sorry but seems to be insane and biggest AH of today's world. Come out of rats and open up your eyes and see the world...
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              Gooj Rajasthani
              Jul 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm
              Meira Kumar I completely disagree with you, India's secular fabric was in danger because of Corrupt Anti-national Congress Treacherous I's(CACTI) Muslim Communal Politics and hate based politics, actually the country was on suicidal path, the BJP/RSS are saving the country from within and people like you should be stopped this suicidal mission of CACTI
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              din
              Jul 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm
              She is talking load of nonsense. DOES SHE HAVE COURAGE TO SPEAK OUT NOW HOW SHE TURNED BLIND EYE WHEN CONGRESSI WERE ON CORRUPTION AT FULL SPEED DID SHE SUPPORT LOOT? mR kUMAR IS BAD THING FOR INDIA AND THE WORLD do not play female with smile woo game
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