Presidential election: Opposition likely to field candidate, Left open to Meira Kumar or Sushil Kumar Shinde

. The Left is reportedly open to the idea of supporting Meira Kumar or Sushil Kumar Shinde in the election. It, however, maintained that it is waiting for the Congress to decide on a name.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2017 6:05 pm
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The Opposition is likely to field a candidate for the presidential election, news channel NDTV reported on Tuesday. CPI leader D Raja confirmed to the channel that deliberations were underway to decide on a consensus candidate.

“It is a question of India and its future. The president is the custodian of the constitution, chief of the armed forces and head of the Indian state…The contest of the president’s poll has become a battle of ideologies,” NDTV quoted him as saying. The Left is reportedly open to the idea of supporting Meira Kumar or Sushil Kumar Shinde in the election. It, however, maintained that it is waiting for the Congress to decide on a name.

The Opposition parties will be meeting on June 22 at around 4.30 pm to discuss the future course of action, after the NDA picked former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as their candidate. On Monday, BJP national president Amit Shah announced that the 71-year-old Dalit leader will be nominated to the country’s top post. The announcement was met with surprise as Kovind is a low-key politician who served as the government counsel in the past. The Congress accused the BJP of “unilaterally” selecting Kovind without taking the Opposition into confidence.

Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the alliance’s decision to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and several others over phone. Meanwhile, The Telangana Rashtra Samithi become the first non-NDA party to back Kovind’s candidature. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BSP Supremo stopped short of supporting the NDA pick but did not oppose it either.

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    Dennis Padayatti
    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:19 pm
    Ram Nath Kovind is the most suitable candidate considering his knowledge of law, decades of Supreme court experience, experience as a central minister, Governer, and above all his exemplory work for the upliftment of the poor. All the best wishes for him. This is my opinion beyond politics ( He is a BJP man, but he is a pride for them).
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      Ramesh Nittoor
      Jun 21, 2017 at 5:46 am
      Dalit politics has a long history and is predominantly a rebel mode, left polity. Right wing Dalit polity is virtually non-existent. The dalit movement which has taken root within Saffron parivar is primarily assimilative and politically centrist. It works within secular, Cons utional framework to realize rights in society already granted by Indian laws. Political consensus on Presidency, would signal respecting this centrist trend. It shall also signal end politics of communal-secular divide, a critical enabler of trust among minorities with positive fallout on Kashmir. Opting for division could lead to assertive and virulent Dalit right wing movement within Hindutva fold, and this can be potentially destabilizing. Left polity is opposed to Sangh Parivar in all formats, Congress, which has history of association with Parivar, has to think about how to cope with this risk. Preferred option of Parivar is be apolitical, this inclination if credible, is worth considering,
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        Jun 21, 2017 at 3:36 am
        WE don't want Botox Meira kumari or corrupt , terrorist sympathizer Shinde
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          Jun 21, 2017 at 12:34 am
          Commies are biggest jokers and the comment by the non en y Raja of CPI is the joke of the century. With hardly 0.5 vote share it is a disgrace for the nation to give space in your column for his stupid comment. Even dogs will will care for him now and NDTV has to support him as it is only Sitharam yechuri and Raja supported this rogue media
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            Jun 21, 2017 at 12:25 am
            This BJP r Treators why they not consider Hamid Ansari V.P who is qualified even opposition can suggest his name... Jai Hind
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              Jun 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm
              The communists are just finished so who ever they support would loose.Congress is into the last days.Whether it's meena or shinde they have already lost even before they are selected
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                Kiran Prakash Gupta
                Jun 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm
                Besides these names they should add the name of Owaisi and Bukhari
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                  Prem Kumar
                  Jun 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm
                  For not supporting BJP’s nominee Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the WB Chief Minister says although Shri Ramnath is a Dalit Leader, which is the main criteria for Indian opposition parties, but he was a BJP leader. It is cent percent correct that earlier he was a BJP leader but since last two years he was serving as Bihar Governor, the post which is nonpolitical . Secondly, when she is ready to accept the continuance of second term by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, who was not only Union Finance Minister but also a congress man for several years till the date he filed his nomination for President post . It is not unnatural and bad practice or bad precedent if a candidate nominated for President’s post by the ruling party if it enjoys support in parliament and several state assemblies. Hence, it is better if Mamtha choose any other valid reason within two days to oppose Shri Ramnath’s nomination. The above is applicable to all other opposition leade
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