Presidential election: Meira Kumar a better candidate than Ram Nath Kovind, says Ramgopal Yadav

Presidential election: “The Opposition has to play the role of being an opposition. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced its candidate and it has the majority also but even the opposition has brought forward a good candidate,” Ramgopal Yadav said.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 6:05 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Meira kumar, Ramgopal yadav, Presidential election, Presidential election: Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar was on Thursday announced as the Opposition’ Presidential nominee. (File photo)

Post the end-moment announcement of the presidential nominee by the Opposition, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav-faction member Ramgopal Yadav on Friday said Meira Kumar is a better candidate than NDA Government’s presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind.

Yadav also said that Meira’s stature is high, keeping in mind her political career and she being the daughter of well-known politician Babu Jagjivan Ram.

“Her (Meira Kumar) stature is high and has been the speaker, minister and Lok Sabha member. Being the daughter of Babu Jagjivan Ram, the entire country knows her well. The opposition candidate is better than the candidate announced by the government,” Yadav told ANI.

“The Opposition has to play the role of being an opposition. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced its candidate and it has the majority also but even the opposition has brought forward a good candidate,” he added.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar was on Thursday announced as the Opposition’ Presidential nominee.

The Opposition – Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI), and other parties – met yesterday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) decision on Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind, following which they announced their candidate.

The BJP had earlier said that the Opposition was a divided house over the Presidential elections as many of its partners have extended support to ruling NDA candidate.

BJP chief Amit Shah had announced the name of Kovind as NDA’s consensus candidate for the post of Indian President.

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 24.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued the notification in this regard and the process of the nomination has started that will continue till June 28.

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    DRKSCHAUHAN
    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:32 pm
    In my opinion, there is nothing to the credit of Mrs Meera Kumar, as Union Minister or Speaker,Lok Sabha or in general, as she has contributed nothing for the social, political or economic development of the members of SCs and STs or other socially marginalized persons. All the opportunities, she got till today nothing is on merit but due to her father Babu Jagjivan Ram. One the other Mr. RAM Nath Kovind is a first generation man having whatever opportunity due to his sheer hard work. Though he did not got the opportunity comparable to Mrs Kumar but as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1999- 2000 he contributed, as example, when the then PRESIDENT DR K R NARAYANAN had raised the issue of non representation of SCs and STs in judicial appointments particularly in the Supreme Court, which subsequently led to the appointment of Justice Balakrishanan. He was concerned like a common man and contributed a lot. So Kovindji deserve election on his own merit.
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    Mpatel
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    Who cares about this guy? Why are you publishing this in your front line news? Are you getting anything from them?
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    Damodar Biswal
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    If Ram Gopal thinks so,why did the opposition not propose her name before NDA proposed Kovind's name?These r all opportunists.
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    Rajesh Chibba
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    How can MeiraKumar ever be a better candidate than Ram Nath Kovind, when she does not even pay her rent !
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    yousef
    Jun 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm
    True Meirakumar is a Dalit who has enjoyed second generation of Dalithood benefits. First her father Jagjivanram enjoyed being a lifelong Dalit minister and then she herself a lifelong MP and a baith jaiyiae ineffective lok sabha chariman. What is Kovind, just a first generation Dalit beneficiary. A blue blooded nth generation Dalit beneficiary is a True Dalit than him. My dalithood is bigger than your dalithood. My stirling dalithood.
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