Presidential polls: ‘Bihar ki beti’ has been nominated only to lose, says Nitish on Meira Kumar

Presidential polls: Commenting on Meira Kumar's candidature, the chief minister said he had a lot of respect for her, but also justified his decision to support NDA's presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 8:50 pm
Ram nath Kovind, Meira Kumar, presidential polls, presidential elections, Nitish Kumar, Nitish Kumar Meira Kumar, Presidential polls: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said he had a lot of respect for Meira Kumar but she was nominated to lose. (Source: ANI)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday stuck to his stand on supporting NDA presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind. In a statement to the media after attending RJD’s iftar party held in Patna, the chief minister appeared appreciative of Opposition’s presidential pick, but said Meira Kumar has been nominated to lose. “I have a lot of respect for Meira Kumar, but ‘Bihar ki beti’ has been nominated only to lose,” said Kumar.

The chief minister also justified his decision to support NDA’s presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind, while cautioning that the election should not be a matter of confrontation. “It’s a matter of pride that Bihar Governor Kovind is going to be the next president. This election should not be a matter of confrontation.”

Supporting Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination, Nitish Kumar said the decision was taken after a lot of discussions and thinking with the party members. “We have taken independent decisions in the past also, we had supported Pranab da as President when we were in NDA,” added Kumar.

Meanwhile, earlier today, Meira Kumar said the president of India must uphold the values of inclusiveness, social justice and pluralism as the supreme representative of the nation. She said the post was not symbolic and that capability and experience must supersede all other considerations. “India can then not hope to achieve the progressive modernity envisioned by its founding fathers and reflected in the collective will of its people,” she said in a statement.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Insaan
    Jun 25, 2017 at 3:38 am
    कुछ पथभ्रष्ट भारतीय युवा और सीमा के उस पार रहते पाठक जिन्हें स्वयं दलित संबंधी स्थिति से कोई सरोकार नहीं है यहाँ अपनी दायित्वहीन व अपमानजनक प्रतिक्रिया से राजनैतिक वातावरण को दूषित करते राष्ट्रद्रोही तत्वों को लाभान्वित कर रहे हैं| यह भारत का दुर्भाग्य है कि विदेशी अंग्रेजी भाषा के प्रचलन और उसके माध्यम को अपनाते बड़ी सरलता से हम भारतीय मूल के संस्कारों व संस्कृति को त्याग न घर के न घाट के बने हुए हैं| सामान्य राष्ट्रभाषा के अभाव में विभिन्न प्रान्तों में रह अलग अलग भाषा बोलते हम एक दूसरे से दूर राष्ट्रवाद में नहीं बंध पाए हैं| फलस्वरूप, कई शतकों से फिरंगी ने और तत्पश्चात उनके कार्यवाहक प्रतिनिधि भारतीय राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस व अन्य शत्रुओं ने हमारा शोषण करते हमें गरीब और अ ाय बना छोड़ा है| क्रमशः
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      Insaan
      Jun 25, 2017 at 3:38 am
      कैसी विडंबना है कि कई दसक सत्ता में बैठे जिन्होंने दलित का उद्धार नहीं किया वे आज जनता को पथभ्रष्ट कर दलित को फिर से पीड़ित हुआ बताते हैं| मुझे युवावस्था में हुई घटना याद हो आई है| एक व्यक्ति मेरे पास आ कहता है कि किसी व्यक्ति विशेष ने मेरी पीठ पीछे मुझे माँ बहन की गाली दी है| मैंने उससे पूछा कि क्या उसने उस व्यक्ति विशेष को तमाचा मारा तो बोला, मैं उसे तमाचा क्यों मारूं? उस पर मैंने कहा कि यदि तू मेरा मित्र है तो तुमने उसे तत्काल दंडित क्यों नहीं किया, मुझे आ क्यों कहता है? तू चाहता है कि मैं व्यर्थ में उससे लड़ाई झगड़ा करूँ और तू तमाशा देखे? आज शत्रु द्वारा सिर पर दलित और अनुसूचित जातियों के लेबल लगवाए भारतीय आपस में लड़ रहे हैं और धूर्त शत्रु प्रधान मंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी के नेतृत्व में राष्ट्रवादी शासन को विध्वंस कर हमें फिर से अपने नियंत्रण में लाना चाहता है| उनसे कोई दलित पूछे कि तथाकथित स्वतंत्रता के लगभग सात दशक पश्चात इक्कीसवीं सदी में मैं आज दलित क्यों हूँ? भारतीय नागरिक होते मैं समाज में सम्मानपूर्वक क्यों नहीं रह पाया?
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        romi
        Jun 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm
        kovind has been Bihar governor so what bad if nitesh is supporting him ?? chor laloo has no re tion no power to convince nitesh to change decision laloo has always been a congress licker
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          Birendra
          Jun 23, 2017 at 10:01 pm
          Nitish is the most unprincipled and opportunist politician the country has seen. Very aptly he was described as a chameleon in an English daily. His comment clearly underlines that he does not have any ideological mooring - he wishes only to be on the winning side. Bihar ki Beti has been fielded only to loose, as he says - can this be a reason to bunk the opposition after having initiated the move to field a common opposition candidate. Nitish is blinded with power today tomorrow will judge him as being the most ordinary among successful politicians in the country. Its so tragic for Bihar though.
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            romi
            Jun 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm
            excellent reply nitesh even meira herself should have refused knowing well she would loose afterall congress its most opp are full of loosers
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              Mahan Murphy
              Jun 23, 2017 at 9:59 pm
              If India wants to have a powerful president and Prime Minister then go for a system like in US and call it United States of India USI.
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                G.Ranga Chary
                Jun 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm
                Nitish Kumar's comment Bihar Ki Beti has been nominated to lose is bit uncharitable. In a democracy where majority party or majority group nominates a candidate, that candidate is bound to win. The candidate nominated by opposition will lose. Here it is the spirit of democracy that wins. Presidential election should not be a confrontation according to Nitish Kumar CM of Bihar State. But he should understand that in a Federal set up people of the country should have a choice to vote. Unanimous selection is no election.
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                  TIHAEwale
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 9:28 pm
                  Nitish submit resignation and see whether BJP supports u to form Govt with their support or inserts oiled baton into your posterior
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                    romi
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm
                    why you so frustrated ?? looks like you have baton experience
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