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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  1. R
    Jun 23, 2017 at 3:48 am
    This queen of corruption and castism is more worried about her reelection as RS member with congress-Akilesh Yadav help than anything else. With mere 19 MLAs (how many will cross vote to BJP candidate later is another issue..) she has to follow Sonia dictate and another thing is she is more a Jatav leader than dalit leader. So no wonder the moment a fellow jatav is a candidate she jumped to support her co-caste person! Anyway with 19 MLAs and zero LS seats she hardly has any influence like most other other pigmies, be it AAP or communists! Who cares what she does to get RS nomination!
    1. R
      Jun 23, 2017 at 2:23 am
      This elephant-statues creating machine, called Mayawati, is so confused that she cannot tell the snout from the tail. She commits to Kovind one day, and to Meira the next, thereby showing that she has no respect for the promises she makes and is a changling depending on where she can anti te some political crumbs coming her way in the future. What a pathetic figure what a pathetic politician -- Gawd, there are so many of them in the image of Mamata and Kerji!
      1. S
        sujaya misra
        Jun 23, 2017 at 1:25 am
        Can Congress never move beyond dynastic politics? SP understandably will go along--they've been toally humiliated as have Congress. When will these people look beyond father/son/daughter. Pat ethic
        1. m
          Jun 23, 2017 at 12:05 am
          dear sir,now turnmoism of political opportunism with presidential candidate it is between non-loving indians loving indians,yesterday shri.mamatha c.m.of bengal kerala c.m said that mr.ram nath kovind is not popular lack in knowledge of politics even some parliamentarians didin't know the name of mr.ram nath kovind some even catogarily welcomed him as 'dalith' if so why is the difference in their own cast?do they want tobe separated again for the profit of politicians who's only policy is to oppose bjp nominated presidential post those who have forgotton bihar governor who hails from poor to rich thoughts of administration has to read book of 'dalewhatshis name memory course'so that they will get memory to names,posts,education etc.of ministers governors because jealous against bjp temper which is valuable but should not loose it on any grounds,the people of india only need good administrator with new people those not pose for medias t.v,when already mrs.prathiba patel hold presidents
          1. M
            Jun 22, 2017 at 11:43 pm
            Pl. make it win, then NDA learn lessons to do something good for poor. NDA became partner of orrupted party
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