Atmosphere of fear must end: Meira Kumar

"This is for the first time that so many opposition parties have come together, keeping aside their differences, under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the sake of this country," Opposition presidential nominee Meira Kumar said.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published:July 4, 2017 8:13 pm
meira kumar news, india news, indian express news, latest news Kumar appealed to the lawmakers to listen to their “voice of conscience”, she told the media later. (Source: Express Photo)

Opposition nominee Meira Kumar on Tuesday called for an end to “the atmosphere of fear” in the country, while urging lawmakers to vote with their “conscience” in the presidential poll. The former speaker, pitted against the NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential race, stressed that she was fighting for the freedom of speech and expression, and for a free media. Condemning the “prevailing atmosphere of fear,” she said, “Earlier, also, there were religious beliefs and practices, but we never witnessed such an atmosphere of fear.” She said there was fear about what one should eat and say.

“This has to stop,” she said, addressing Trinamool Congress MLAs in the West Bengal state assembly.

Kumar separately met MLAs of the Trinamool Congress, Left Front and Congress in the assembly and thanked them for pledging their support to her in the July 17 election.

The presidential election, she said, was not merely about two candidates fighting the elections for the post of the president.

“It is a fight of two ideologies. I am fighting an ideological battle. I am fighting for the ideology of equality, democratic values freedom of expression and speech,” she said.

Kumar appealed to the lawmakers to listen to their “voice of conscience”, she told the media later.

She said she was “not alone” in the fight and that she had the support of a number of parties and also a large number of people.

“This is for the first time that so many opposition parties have come together, keeping aside their differences, under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the sake of this country,” Kumar said.

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    mahesh kumar
    Jul 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm
    Stop politicising madam, what have you or Congress ever done when you and Congress were in Power. Now suddenly it is battle if ideologies what was then? The truth is Congress fears that they would loose 2019 elections and so you all want to secure the top most position. So that you can use your upper hand whose control would be in foreign hands. Earlier you said you feel bad that people are talking that it is Dalit vs Dalit and then when you were in Hyderabad you used the same sentiments to get votes Today you in Bengal talk of freedom You seem to be very political person And the position you are nominating for is not something for political person. We ask you to please listen to your conscious. God and Karma if you believe in it.
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