Presidential polls is a fight against ‘narrow-minded communal vision’: Sonia Gandhi at Opposition meet

Presidential elections 2017: The election for the next President will be held on Monday where NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against opposition nominee and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2017 8:14 pm
Presidential election 2017, Sonia Gandhi, Opposition meet, Meira Kumar, Ram Nath Kovind New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi with presidential candidate Meira Kumar and vice-presidential candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi after the UPA meeting in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

On the eve of the Presidential elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday made a passionate appeal to the Opposition parties to fight harder in the forthcoming polls despite the numbers being stacked against them. “In these contests, numbers may be against us. But battle must be fought and fought hard,” the Congress President was quoted as saying by ANI. She was addressing a meeting of Opposition parties.

Making a veiled attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Gandhi called upon the opposition parties to fight against “divisive and communal vision”. “We can’t and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision,” Gandhi said.

The Congress chief also stated the constitutional posts of the President and Vice-President have come under a siege at present. “The President and Vice-President are the constitutional heads of state. Both of these are, sadly, under siege today,” she said, adding that both are entrusted to discharge duties of offices in a manner that preserves, protects, defends both Constitution and the law.

Gandhi also believes that Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi will give the best possible President and Vice-President to “steer society through crisis that has beset our country.”

According to the text of her speech, she said, “We must stand more aware than ever of who we are, what we fought for in our independence struggle and what future we want for ourselves.

“We must have confidence in the values we believe in. This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. The election demands a vote of conscience to preserve the India that the Mahatma and that illustrious generation of freedom fighters, joined by thousands upon thousands of ordinary men and women, fought for,” she said.

The election for the next President will be held on Monday where NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against opposition nominee and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi. The tenure of incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee comes to an end on July 24. Meanwhile, the vice presidential poll will be held on August 5.

The electorate, which consists of elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and members of state assemblies, is tilted in favour of the NDA, but the opposition has been continuously working to seek the support of some regional parties in favour of their candidate.

With ANI, PTI inputs

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    Umesh Suri
    Jul 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm
    Congress made worst choices for president and vice president in the past. Kalam was was one of the best choice by NDA. All corrupt parties have joined hands just to defeat the best PM in Indian history. Indians are not dum.
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      vatsal
      Jul 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm
      Soniaji - please give your lecture in Italy on narrow minded ness. I understand there are some who swear by Mussolini even now in Italy. Let her reform them first. Even her son Rahulji is regularly going to Italy to broaden his outlook. So they cannot say they have nothing to do with Italy and that they are my mind/thought and speach totally Indian.
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        CVP
        Jul 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm
        Your caliber was apparent when you preferred " somebody" against the great APJ !
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          Hem Chandra Pant
          Jul 17, 2017 at 10:56 pm
          people sitting in glass houses do not throw stones on other.What about the sheer narrow mind of Sonia Gandhi where only family comes first and khangress next.
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            CClements
            Jul 17, 2017 at 5:44 am
            There is no need for a president if you have a prime minister running the country and vice versa. Get rid of this farce and make the Supreme Court the guardian of the Cons ution.
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              Surya Prakash Sharma
              Jul 17, 2017 at 5:05 am
              SONIA is there by a sheer accident of marriage. NO denying she must have been an outstanding bar-maid that attracted the attention of RAJIV in a LONDON bar SHE is now reigning over the slaves of FREE INDIA. LUCK SHEER LUCK.
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                CClements
                Jul 17, 2017 at 5:47 am
                So much drivel from a so called educated man. Shame on you.
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                  Narasimha Prakash
                  Jul 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm
                  We have had enough of foreigners ruling this country till independence. We dont need to be slaves of foreigners any more. Have self respect.
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                  George Cruz
                  Jul 17, 2017 at 7:00 am
                  Exactly. Sonia doesn't have any roots in India, never bothered or cared to know India's history/culture, Sonia thinks India is their ancestral property, and overall she doesn't possess any leadership qualities to lead a fast developing country like India. She is a just a bahu and larger Hindus so far respected her.
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                  Sridhar
                  Jul 17, 2017 at 4:59 am
                  Scamgress has been acting Anti-Hindu. Did you have the decency to fight Christian Missionaries converting Hindus. It is good indians have thrown you out of Power. Please let Indians live in peace by ng your bags to Italy and we do not need you or people with your anti-Hindu ideals.
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                    Surya Prakash Sharma
                    Jul 17, 2017 at 4:53 am
                    THIS PRESIDENTIAL POLL WILL CLEARLY MARK THE UTTERLY CORRUPT, MENTALLY SLAVE FAKE SECULARISTS AGAINST THE REST. IT IS GOO FOR THE NATION THAT SUCH ELEMENTS COME OUT IN THE OPEN ON THEIR OWN RATHER THAN GRAGGED OUT BY THE PEOPLE.
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