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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    Ram
    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!
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      Rishi
      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!
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        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
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          m.narasimhan
          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
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            madhu
            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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              Anil Kumar Tandale
              Jun 22, 2017 at 11:24 pm
              BSP support seems return gift to Congress which protected her during 2004 to 2014.
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                Deshu
                Jun 22, 2017 at 10:57 pm
                Hope Nitish Kumar will not change his mind and support Meira Kumari coming From Bihar as Mayawati and her BSP though from UP is going to support her.Congress party never interested a proper a person to the proper cons utional post. Its DNA is known for castes and minority vote Bank Politics for which it survived to come to power many times.As a speaker of Lok Sabha she was not truly unbiased towards opposition Parties.
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                  Jagdish K Arora
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm
                  KOVIND NEVER PASSED THE IAS EXAM. GOVERNMENT OFFICERS PUT IN LOT OF HARD WORK TO BECOME IAS OR IPS IT BEING A PRESTIGOUS JOB. MODI-SHAH NOMINEE KOVIND IS TWO TIMES IAS FAILED AND WILL BE CONTROLLING IAS AND IPS TOPPERS WHO ARE RUNNING DAY TO DAY AFFAIRS OF THE GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL BE AN INSULT TO THE TOPPERS THAT A FAILED CANDIDATE IS CONTROLLING THEM. IT TAKES LOT OF HARD WORK TO BECOME AN IAS OR AN IPS AND IF FAILED CANDIDATES ARE ALLOWED TO RULE OVER TOPPERS THEN WHAT ARE WE TEACHING THE CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATION THAT IF YOU FAIL IN EXAMS THAN ALSO YOU CAN CONTROL THOSE WHO PASSED THE EXAMS. THEN WHY STUDY AT ALL. MODI-SHAH NOMINEE KOVIND IS TWO TIMES IAS FAILED AND WILL BE CONTROLLING IAS AND IPS TOPPERS WHO ARE RUNNING DAY TO DAY AFFAIRS OF T
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                    Sumit Sanyal
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:30 am
                    it seems you are comfortable that these so called highly competent people wag their tails for a barmaid or an or a thief or a rape supporter but not a simple man with clean records? Are still dreaming of Congress dynasty coming back to power? wake up.
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                      Varun
                      Jun 23, 2017 at 1:00 am
                      If the RSS have been dreaming of coming to power for 60 years, anything is possible. The way BJP is proceeding, caring not a whit for people who are affected by their "Nationalistic" leaders and the way, the economy is being stage managed while things are dismal on the ground, the can of worms might suddenly get spilled. Unless you have friendly EVMs, the Magic of Modiji's glib tongue may fail to be effective sooner than you think.
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                        Narsimhan K
                        Jun 23, 2017 at 1:13 am
                        Sumit, keep licking filthy chaddi of Mohan Bhagwat. You are destined for that.
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                        Ram
                        Jun 23, 2017 at 3:53 am
                        AAptard kejirwal also never passed IAS so went to IRS to loot. But Kovid decided not to take such path and decided to become SC lawyer and activist for poor.
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                          Socrates
                          Jun 23, 2017 at 4:19 am
                          Your logic flies in the face of your favorite Khangress where a non-Indian controlled all the Indians before the historic 2014 elections. This is a much larger 'irony' if that is what you meant by claiming that Mr. Kovind is 'IAS-fail' and will be controlling all IAS IPS toppers. What about netas? Are they all IAS pass? But the DMs and DGPs/DSPs are answerable to them. Mr. Kovind appears to be an intelligent, disciplined, self-made, non-controvertial and articulate man worthy of president post. By the way, Ms. Meira Kumar is not a bad choice either. She is all what Mr. Kovind is - and not IAS-pass either. LoL
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                            kamal singh rawat
                            Jun 23, 2017 at 6:18 am
                            Yes Sonia Gandhi is an IAS TOPPER.
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