Presidential vote contest of ideologies: Meira Kumar

She rued the fact there is a hot debate on the two Dalits clashing in the presidential elections and said she was pained by the debate.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 4:49 am
Presidential Polls 2017, Meira Kumar, Dalit vs Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind, caste identification, Dalits, Indian Express News When reminded that the Opposition picked her on the basis of her caste, she said: “This is the election to the highest position. Although its process of electing is political, the post itself is apolitical. For this post, in my opinion, there should be no one-upmanship of caste. I don’t think caste identification should play a role.”

Days after the Opposition decided to make the Presidential election a “Dalit vs Dalit contest and picked her to challenge NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar said “caste identification” should not play a role in election to the high office. The contest, she said on Tuesday, is a battle of ideologies and questioned the society’s mindset for portraying it as a Dalit vs Dalit fight.

She rued the fact there is a hot debate on the two Dalits clashing in the presidential elections and said she was pained by the debate. “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.

However, when two Dalits had been fielded, there is debate on two Dalits contesting. There is no talk of the personalities which shows how society thinks. I think castes should be buried deep and our society should move forward,” she said. She said the Presidential election is being fought on the basis of ideology and not caste. “Do you want the highest post in the land to be fought in the name of caste? The day election to the high office is contested on the basis of caste, it will mark the end the dignity of the office. We would fight for the post on the basis of ideology.”

When reminded that the Opposition picked her on the basis of her caste, she said: “This is the election to the highest position. Although its process of electing is political, the post itself is apolitical. For this post, in my opinion, there should be no one-upmanship of caste. I don’t think caste identification should play a role.”

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    Indrani Chakravarti
    Jun 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    Ideology! She's already exposed when she was in speaker's office. We know how she stopped opposition members, every 37th day visiting abroad with a big group on tax payer's money, got waived 2crore INR as rent, enjoying 2 houses , massacring public exchaquer. Great ideology, that is possible only in this country.
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      Chand
      Jun 28, 2017 at 10:58 am
      Meira Kumar is better known as the daughter of Jagjivan Ram. The Congress party had made her the Lok Sabha speaker mainly to cater to the dalit and women quota.
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        JD
        Jun 28, 2017 at 9:49 am
        what ideology? the ideology of dynasty, sycophancy and corruption?
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          PL
          Jun 28, 2017 at 8:18 am
          What is Congress ideology? They formed Govt in Kerala with Muslim league, they used Muslims just for vote bank (Muslims should ask what was dine for them in 70 years). They fought CPM CPI in Bengal for 30 years and now they are together. They fought Laloo for 20 years and SP till 2012. Now SP is their friend. Jagjivan Ram was made Dy. PM by Janta Govt and not congress. They have close friendship with Mamta but they fought two assembly elections against her and now she is with them for President elections. Where is ideology? Be real and do not think Indians are that fool.
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            Mj
            Jun 28, 2017 at 8:00 am
            What was the ideology when Prathiba Patil was made President.
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              Ramanan
              Jun 28, 2017 at 6:55 am
              Mrs.Kumar married a Brahmin and can no longer claim to be a Dalit as per SC judgment. It is not Dali versus Dalit. Time to take out the equation of caste in elections.
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                Ghoda
                Jun 28, 2017 at 6:46 am
                Today entire nation wants to appeal her, "Baith jaiye" !
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                  Vickram
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 6:56 am
                  Tu Ghoda nahi BJP ka Gadha hai
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                    BM
                    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:01 am
                    And you are a Congress kutta.
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                      PL
                      Jun 28, 2017 at 8:20 am
                      shows great Indian character that we have been fooled by corrupt politicians so much that we start abusing each other while politicians enjoy.
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