Meira Kumar’s appeal to legislators: Listen to inner voice

Kumar’s candidature was announced in a meeting of 17 Opposition parties on June 22, a day after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, breaking ranks with the Opposition, decided to support NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. She said that she felt honoured and privileged to be their nominee.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published:June 26, 2017 3:29 am
meira kumar, presidential election, opposition candidates, indian express Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar. Express photo

Opposition Presidential nominee Meira Kumar on Sunday urged MPs and MLAs to “heed the inner voice of conscience” in voting and said a President cannot function to serve narrow political interests. Flagging her association with the freedom struggle against the British as well as the struggle against the tyranny of caste that still plagues the nation’s culture and polity, she said the nature of these two struggles has deeply influenced her sentiments, thoughts and actions.

Kumar said that during her years in public service, she had been inspired by the example set by the foundational leaders of the country, “regardless of their political affiliations”.

She said that despite the differences, she found that when it came to preserving the values of inclusiveness and the need for social justice, “we all share the same goals”.

“The President takes an oath to protect and defend the Constitution — the backbone of our democracy. It is this Constitution that I and countless others have invoked to reinforce our democratic values. It has guided and elevated us in times of crisis and confusion. The Constitution recognises the office of the President as being the final touchstone for the passage of laws. It, therefore, cannot function to serve narrow political interests,” she said.

Telling MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as well as MLAs that as honourable members of the collegium, they have the unique privilege to make history, Kumar said, “This is that moment when one should heed the inner voice of conscience and set the course of the nation.”

Seeking their support, she said, “Let us stand together, in spirit and action, to affirm our pledge to this sacred process… and to that guiding voice within us. I seek your invaluable support in this endeavour.”

Kumar’s candidature was announced in a meeting of 17 Opposition parties on June 22, a day after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, breaking ranks with the Opposition, decided to support NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. She said that she felt honoured and privileged to be their nominee. “The election of our President is a process larger than any individual or party, and yet, in which each one of us is a stakeholder,” Kumar said.

This is the second letter of appeal Kumar has issued to seek votes from the collegium for the Presidential election. Kumar is expected to file her nomination on June 28 and kickstart her campaign from Delhi with a prayer meeting at Rajghat.

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    Jayanand Rao
    Jun 26, 2017 at 7:03 am
    She must be hardly a child when India is reportedly got independence during 1947 and she must be munching chocolates.Therefore, I am unable to understand her contributions to freedom struggle. Mr Jagjivanram was a politicians and lived most part of his life in Delhi in the corridors of power and Mrs Kumar was having all the luxuries of a princess. Therefore, her reference that she was subjected to caste based I'll treatment is beyond comprehension She is a pseudo Dalit
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      Ashok Saran
      Jun 26, 2017 at 5:54 am
      is there any conscience left in proposing meira kumar as she faces allegations on not paying dues for occupying two palatial bungalows besides herself occupying another bungalow in akbar road. she was served notices to vacate bungalows and and pay fine,but she did not comply to the notice? thus is she a law abiding citizen,the first requirement for an aspirant to hold such office?
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        Aj
        Jun 26, 2017 at 6:26 am
        dear ashok, Leave this silly issues , Does opposite candidate has clear track record like APG Abdul Kalam,pranab Kumar Mukkargy etc.Not see everything in the eyes of politics.
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        Narasimha Prakash
        Jun 26, 2017 at 5:33 am
        Yes, they will vote according to their conscience to the deserving person i.e Kovind.
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          Niladrinath Mohanty
          Jun 26, 2017 at 3:52 am
          Reminds me of Indira Gandhi's appeal for conscience vote.
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