Presidential elections: Take decision in best interest of country, says Meira Kumar to electorate

Meira Kumar also thanked the 17 opposition parties for supporting her candidature and said she is delighted by the opposition unity that represents the coming together of forces which have a strong ideological base.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 6:11 pm
Meira Kumar, Opposition presidential candidate, presidential candidate Hon’ble speaker of Parliament Mrs Meira Kumar shares thought with Sanjay Aggarwal president MCC in an interactive talk on ‘Women empowerment and rising violence in society-contradictory signals in Indian democracy”, organized by the MCC chamber of Commerce and industry, in Kolkata on Saturday. (Source: Express photo)

Named by the opposition as its joint candidate for the presidential poll, Meira Kumar today appealed to the electorate to take their decision in the best interest of the country based on cherished values of social justice and inclusiveness and on principles and ideologies. She also thanked the 17 opposition parties for supporting her candidature and said she is delighted by the opposition unity that represents the coming together of forces which have a strong ideological base.

“I would appeal to the collegium to take their decision on the best interest of the country, based on the cherished values and principles and ideologies.

“These are social justice, inclusiveness and values of composite Indian heritage which we hold so sacred,” she told reporters after she was declared as the unanimous opposition candidate.

Kumar, a former diplomat and union minister who has also held the post of Speaker of Lok Sabha, is the daughter of former deputy prime minister and tall Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram.

Talking about the unity among opposition parties that came together to unanimously propose her name for the presidential election, she said, “this unity represents the coming together of the forces which have strong ideological base.”

She said she was going to contest the election as the representative of a united opposition on the basis of the strong ideological base they have. “I express gratitude to 17 opposition parties who selected me as a candidate for the presidential election,” she said.

Sonia Gandhi earlier announced her as joint opposition candidate for the post of President of India, the election for which would be held on July 17. She will contest against NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind, also a Dalit.

Gandhi was supported by leaders of 17 opposition parties at the meeting where Kumar was chosen as their candidate for the presidential election.

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    R K
    Jun 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm
    SO ITS five star dalit meera VS humble farmer background kovind....we all know the result 100 for kovind....
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      R K
      Jun 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm
      she is a five star dalit.....
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        R K
        Jun 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm
        because only a dynasty will be able to save india...oh sorry her italian bossssssssssss....
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          K.Suresh
          Jun 23, 2017 at 10:39 am
          "Take decision in best interest of country" Will she be charged with antiparty activities, like canvassing for rival candidate ?
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            K.Suresh
            Jun 23, 2017 at 10:25 am
            "Take decision in best interest of country," So, it is not just Nitin, Meira is also rooting for Kovind.
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              Undeca Gold
              Jun 23, 2017 at 2:49 am
              Farmers sun with humble beginnings versus "dalit" who's parents could afford to send her to a boarding school !!! Choice is clear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                Lovely
                Jun 23, 2017 at 2:36 am
                She is not Dalit. In India, politicians are using using and abusing "Dalit " word. Dalit means one who is oppressed.
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                  Undeca Gold
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 2:54 am
                  You are correct!!! "dalit" was propagated by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar meaning downtrodden. She is not downtrodden!! Her parents could send her to a boarding school. How many "dalits" attend or have attended boarding school except rice bag converts ???
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                  S C A
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 1:28 am
                  Meira Kumar, has exploited being a 'Dalit', to the hilt. First getting selected for IFS under SC/ST quota when her father was a Central Minister for decades. Then she managed to get some plum postings in countries like UK, by getting priority due to being a 'Dalit'. Then she was given preference by Congress Party for election by alloting ticket, for being a 'Dalit'. Then she was selected by Congress, for Lok Sabha Speakership, for being a 'Dalit'. When Speaker, she spent crores crores on her frequent lavish foreign trips with her family members. Being a 'Dalit', her failure to pay a rent of 2 crores for the Delhi bungalow where she stayed, was waived. Now being a 'Dalit', she is the Congress party's Presidential candidate. A 'Dalit' is supposed to be an underprivileged person. Does 'Meira Kumar' qualify as an 'under privileged' person on any criteria? On the contrary, her whole life is a 'VIP Privileged Person' exploiting every single benefit that she could get, for being a 'Dalit'
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                    K.Suresh
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 10:29 am
                    She is a 'poor' dalit who can't afford 2 crore rent for her Delhi bungalow.
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