Presidential election: Opposition by her side, Meira Kumar to file papers on last day

With the Opposition projecting the election as an “ideological battle” where all secular parties are “united”, Kumar will begin with a prayer at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat, sources in the Opposition said.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2017 3:04 am
presidential poll, indian presidential election, meira kumar, ram nath kovind, opposition, bjp, pranab mukherjee, india news, indian express Meira Kumar will file her nomination for the Presidential election on June 28, the last date (Express photo)

Expected to be flanked by most top leaders of opposition parties in order to send a message of unity, Meira Kumar will file her nomination for the Presidential election on June 28, the last date. She will start her campaign from Delhi, which she had represented as an MP from Karol Bagh Lok Sabha constituency twice — in 1996 and 1998.

With the Opposition projecting the election as an “ideological battle” where all secular parties are “united”, Kumar will begin with a prayer at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat, sources in the Opposition said.

“Top leaders of all opposition parties will be present when Kumar files her nomination. She is not the candidate of just Congress —she is a nominee of the entire Opposition,” said a Congress general secretary who took part in a special meeting of Congress general secretaries, held at AICC headquarters in Delhi, on Friday night.

To achieve that, besides Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury is likely to be in touch with top leaders of other parties to ensure their presence and send out a message of larger opposition unity. This, sources said, is especially significant after JD(U) suddenly broke ranks to back the NDA and jolted the unity being attempted over the last two months.

Friday’s AICC meeting, which went on for nearly two hours until 9 pm, was attended by party president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Janardan Dwivedi, K C Vengopal, B K Hariprasad, Digvijaya Singh, Avinash Pandey, and AICC communication department chairman Randeep Surjewala.

A decision was taken to ask all Congress MPs — from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha — to be present at the Congress Parliamentary Party office in Parliament House before 11 am on Wednesday, it is learnt.

Congress secretary Manicka Tagore, said to be close to Rahul Gandhi, it was decided, will get signatures of senior DMK leaders on Kumar’s nomination papers.

Although Kovind’s victory is almost a foregone conclusion, given his clear lead, Opposition leaders expect Kumar to get maximum media attention by starting her election campaign in Delhi. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are also likely to feature in her campaign, and were discussed in Friday’s AICC meeting.

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    George Cruz
    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    The truth is that Meira Kumar's candidacy for the President of India is as they call it "dead on arrival. Meira Kumar is a congress party pseudo secular relic, incompetent, unfit to be president considering excellent credentials of BJP's hand pick Ram Nath Kovind. The truth is that the BJP selects candidates based on their credential irrespective one's caste/religion unlike the failed opposition parties like the congress/communists/TMC/SP, etc who play the caste/religion game for vote bank politics. The opposition parties have no real agenda to help the people of India other than loot country's wealth and dividing people based on the religion/caste for vote bank.
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      Sharma BM
      Jun 25, 2017 at 3:28 pm
      It should be probed that what benefit derived by these media group by calling these party secular. As these entire media group and these political parties Mass killing of Sikh called act of secularism.
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        Parth Garg
        Jun 25, 2017 at 12:30 pm
        Let the better of the two win. Amen!
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          Gopal Sriniwasan
          Jun 25, 2017 at 11:20 am
          It is a pity that Meira Kumar a former IFSO and the Ex LokSabha Speaker has allowed herself to be manipulated at the altar of Pseudo Secular Politics of the opposition led by a Corrupt Khangress. By any stretch of the imagination, Can the Marx and Commies be called Secular? same goes with the Communal TMC and Casteist RJD, SP,BSP. If the Bar Maid and her henchmen had any decency or probity in public life, they should have supported a second term for the people's Prez Late Shri APJKalam, instead, they brought a Dynasty Loyalist to occupy the highest office. The decision of the opposition to field a candidate needs to be unequivocally be condemned and reveals the vendetta mind of the Waitress
          1. T
            Jun 25, 2017 at 12:52 pm
            gopala gopala why so much venom for Sonia. Congress is far better than dravidia party of voters choice.
            1. I
              Jun 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm
              As you call, Bar maid is better than a traitorous chai wala who had ran away from his wife like a coward and still cheating the entire country about his education.
            2. P
              Jun 25, 2017 at 8:44 am
              Why the daughter of Babu Jagjivanram wanted to become the scapegoat for her 'madam' ? To be known as 'former candidate of Presidential election' ? She should withdraw and desist from filing nomination, if she has least respect for the Dalit community.
              1. P
                Jun 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm
                Yappa Pulimuruga...unaku enda indha vambu..... Nee enna Modiku vala......... I promise that Modi will make you into nothing and you will see that in your life time.
              2. D
                Jun 25, 2017 at 7:17 am
                This stupid lady living off the Indian Government may be eligible to be President in the past but now this crooked lady should stay away from election as Corrupt Kamvali's candidate. Her Bhangi Father leached India as Deputy Prime Minister who never filed Income Tax Return. Mr. Kovind is the absolutely Correct Candidate who will win easily. The lady must vacate Government Bungalow and move back to a hut in Patna or move into servant quarter of Shotgun, another GOON.
                1. M
                  Jun 25, 2017 at 8:05 am
                  Typical comment by a member of Rogue swamsewak sangh , a member of COWards ,who are at best know to use abusive language against fellow Indians
                  1. S
                    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:37 am
                    pleasenote that what was reply was correct when she was following sonia gandhi she is not fit for congress working presidnet AP was divded in2 piecs with out any knowledge AP is now suffering
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