Meira Kumar, Opposition candidate, files nomination papers for Presidential election

On Tuesday, Meira Kumar said “caste identification” should not play a role in election to the high office. She said the contest is a battle of ideologies and questioned the society’s mindset for portraying it as a Dalit vs Dalit fight.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 11:42 am
Opposition Presidential candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (File Photo)

Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar filed her nomination papers for the July 27 election for the country’s top office. Her candidacy is backed by a number of parties including Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD), Trinamool Congresss, Samajwadi Party( SP) and BSP. Kumar is a five-time MP and has served as the  Lok Sabha Speaker as well as an IFS officer.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, senior party leaders, chief ministers such as Amarinder Singh, Virbhadra Singh and Siddaramaiah were present as Kumar submitted her nomination papers.

She faces the NDA presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind who was earlier the Governor of Bihar. Kovind’s name was announced by BJP President Amit Shah last week and is backed by all the parties in the NDA along with non-NDA constituents like BJD, TDP and TRS and AIADMK. Both Kumar and Kovind, hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively, belong to the Dalit community.

On Tuesday, Kumar said “caste identification” should not play a role in election to the high office. She said the contest is a battle of ideologies and questioned the society’s mindset for portraying it as a Dalit vs Dalit fight.

“Prior to this, when elections for this post took place many a time there were candidates from the so-called upper castes. But there was no discussion on their castes. Their qualities, abilities and qualifications were discussed. I don’t remember their being any debate about their castes,” she said.

“Against the ideology of divisiveness she represents the values that bind us as a nation&a ppl.Proud to have @meira_kumar ji as our candidate,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

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    Tushar
    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    This Election is purely Number Game and NDA has clear Majority . There is no confusion or doubt for the Result on 20th. if you talk in term of Ideology , Who Congress is , what congress's Ideology , SCAM ? What Congress did ? 12 Lack crore SCAM ! They have not spared widow of Kargil War's Army . India will run on Italian Bar Dancer's Ideology ? Not at all
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      KRISHNA
      Jun 28, 2017 at 6:17 pm
      EVERY ONE DESERVES THAT POST. IT IS OUR DUTY TO RESPECT THE CHAIR. EARLIER MR. ZAIL SINGH OCCUPIED THAT CHAIR. STILL WE RESPECTED. EVEN NOW WE DO THE SAME. LET IT BE X OR Y. BEFORE THAT WE SHOULD NOT EXPOSE OURSELVES BY OUR WRITINGS.
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        Mohmed
        Jun 28, 2017 at 4:40 pm
        No Mr Editor correct your headlines.See only pros ute Sonia and her peon Manmohan are with her.She is a Congress candidates.Many non BJP MPs and MLAs will vote for Mr Kovind, a real dalit.Meira is a corrupt woman who had killed her brother and grabbed his property living his family to live in penury.
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          Sandeep JOhry
          Jun 28, 2017 at 4:28 pm
          Meira Kumar should have not accepted congress invitation for Presidential posts. What ideology she is talking about? She is a puppet of congress and speaking same foul / deceptive language. Had she been selected by BJP instead of Kovind, what would be her ideology? For the sake of Dalit community and in the best interest of the country India, she should have refused congress. But it seems she is anxious to reap the fruits what other congress servants are enjoying.
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            Request
            Jun 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm
            Ram Nath Kovind is very gentlemen. Only issue , he is from RSS. He should not have been. You have seen last three years and Govt is run by RSS. Shame Please vote for Meira kumary. How poloite is she. Ladies first
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              Mohmed
              Jun 28, 2017 at 4:44 pm
              Who is this who does not understand the difference between a patriot party RSS and a Party run by a corrupt family now headed by an Italian pros ute?
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