Will contest presidential election based on ideology: Opposition

Thanking the Opposition parties for nominating her as their joint candidate, Kumar said this was a fight between different ideologies.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 7:05 pm
meira kumar, ram nath kovind, presidential candidate, opposition presidential candidate, nda presidential candidate, samajwadi party, sp, tmc, cpm, rjd, bsp, india news Hon’ble speaker of Parliament Mrs Meira Kumar shares thought with Sanjay Aggarwal president MCC in an interactive talk on ‘Women empowerment and rising violence in society-contradictory signals in Indian democracy”, organized by the MCC chamber of Commerce and industry, in Kolkata on Saturday. Express photo. 23.11.13

The Opposition said on Friday that it would contest the July 17 presidential election based on ideology and appealed to all secular forces to support its nominee Meira Kumar. Kumar was picked by 17 non-NDA political parties as their candidate against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind. The July 17 presidential election will see a contest between two Dalits, one hailing from Uttar Pradesh and the other from Bihar.

Thanking the Opposition parties for nominating her as their joint candidate, Kumar said this was a fight between different ideologies. She appealed to the electorate comprising parliamentarians and members of state legislatures to decide on their support in the best interest of the country based on cherished values of social justice and inclusiveness and on principles and ideologies.

“This election is a fight of ideology. I would appeal to the collegium to take their decision on the best interest of the country, based on the cherished values and principles and ideologies. These are social justice, inclusiveness and values of composite Indian heritage which we hold so sacred,” she has said. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who termed Kumar as the best candidate to represent the secular forces, said, “This is a fight of ideologies and there is no midway. People with secular ideology should stand with Meira Kumar.”

CPI national secretary D Raja also termed the presidential poll as a battle of ideologies and that the Opposition would fight this contest seriously despite less numbers. “It is true that the numbers are not in favour of the Opposition at this point of time. But it is a contest and must be fought seriously. Some people say it is a token fight, but what is tokenism in a democracy? This contest is to safeguard the Constitution, democracy. It is a battle of ideologies,” he said.

Raja also added that they would reach out to the other Opposition parties to join hands and support Kumar’s candidature. RJD chief Lalu Prasad said his was an “ideological battle” against Kovind. “(He) is a hardcore RSS man and even if the Congress had asked us to support him, I would have gone against it,” he said. Kovind on Friday sought to reach out to the Opposition by asserting that the president’s office was above party politics and that he did not belong to a party.

“Since I became the governor I do not belong to any political party,” the 71-year-old former head of the BJP’s Dalit Morcha — almost certain to be the next president –said after filing his nomination here for the post.

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  1. M
    Jun 27, 2017 at 11:18 am
    what was the ideology when prathiba Patil was made the President of India by the congress?
    1. L
      Jun 24, 2017 at 6:07 am
      What is her ideology?To visit all countries of the world. As Speaker she visited > 100 countries. If elected( not likely) she will break Pratibha Patil record.
      1. T
        t d
        Jun 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm
        It is very hard to digest that Smt Meira Kumar former Speaker of Loksabha is p against Sri Ram Nath Kovind. The UPA especially Congress knowing fully well that they do not have sufficient strength, have fielded her who did not have any bad re tion so far. She has no other option except to contest.
        1. Jeganathan Yasothai
          Jun 23, 2017 at 9:03 pm
          We Indians are leading a prosperous life and there is no sufferer in this country because of the principles and policies of the erstwhile govt. Highly ic.
          1. Y
            Y K Sharma
            Jun 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
            Why is the Presidential election is fought on caste basis. This is very sad. Whether the president of India represents all citizen of India or particular caste, religion,or particular section of the society.Let us think where the nation is moving and should we change the course for better.
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