In Meira Kumar vs Ram Nath Kovind fight, Mayawati goes Opposition way

Earlier, after the NDA nominated Kovind for the top post, Mayawati had said that her party cannot take a negative stand against a Dalit nominee.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 10:10 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Mayawati, Dalit BSP chief Mayawati . Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav

With the Opposition fielding Meira Kumar against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential elections, the BSP has decided to support the former Lok sabha Speaker in the race for Raisina Hill. Talking to media after the Opposition meeting in the national capital, BSP leader Satish Mishra said that party chief “Mayawati has given her consent for the name which came in the opposition meet.”

According to a PTI report, BSP supremo Mayawati said, “The Opposition’s nominee for President’s post Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate. BSP will support Meira Kumar in the presidential election.”

“In the new circumstances, after comparing the qualities of the two candidates it is clear that UPA candidate Meria
Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA nominee. Hence, our party declares support to Meira Kumar for the presidential poll,” the BSP supremo added.

Earlier, after the NDA nominated Kovind for the top post, Mayawati had said that her party cannot take a negative stand against a Dalit nominee. She, however, stopped short of expressing immediate support for Kovind saying the BSP will be positive provided the opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post. And after the Opposition filed Dalit leader Meira Kumar, Mayawati officially has confirmed her position.

Kovind, a 71-year-old low profile Dalit leader, a two- term BJP Rajya Sabha member, is being seen as an astute choice by the saffron party, which has been targeted by opposition parties over Dalit issues. His election is almost a certainty as the ruling bloc with the support of some regional parties enjoys a majority in the electoral college.

On the other hand, Meira Kumar, a former diplomat and daughter of the late Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, has been the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2004 to 2009. She has the electoral experience which Kovind lacks.

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