Presidential Polls: Meira Kumar debuts on Twitter amid spat between Sushma Swaraj, Congress

Kumar, whose name was put forth after the NDA announced former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate, made her debut on the occasion of Eid, tweeting, "Eid Mubarak! Joy, peace and prosperity to all."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 26, 2017 7:25 pm
Meira Kumar, Presidential Polls, Sushma Swaraj, Twitter Former Lok Sabha Speaker and Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar (File Photo)

Former Lok Sabha Speaker and Opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar joined Twitter on Monday, amid a spat between Union minister Sushma Swaraj and the Congress party over her nomination. Kumar, whose name was put forth after the NDA announced former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate, made her debut on the occasion of Eid, tweeting, “Eid Mubarak! Joy, peace and prosperity to all.”

The External Affairs Minister had on Sunday posted an old video of Kumar — it was captioned “This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition” — interrupting her speech to Parliament in 2013. Swaraj, who was targeting the UPA II government for being “the most corrupt since Independence”, was interrupted by Kumar, then Speaker, 60 times during her her six minute, 23 second speech.

Read: Sushma Swaraj tweets 2013 video to fire at Meira Kumar: ‘How Speaker treated Opposition’. Click here.

In response, the Congress’ official Twitter handle on Monday posted a video of Swaraj praising the Congress veteran and saying, “I am a fan of you”.

At Kumar’s farewell in 2013, Swaraj told the House: “I want that we all fight the elections with integrity… And I am a fan of you. What Vasudev ji said in public, I have told you multiple times in person; your nature and the quality of not being angry/agitated contributes the most to the proper functioning of this House.”

Also read: At Meira Kumar’s 2014 farewell, Sushma Swaraj says ‘I am a fan of you’. Click here.

Meira Kumar was welcomed on Twitter by the Congress, which tweeted, “Please welcome and follow our Presidential Candidate Smt. Meira Kumar on Twitter.”

The spat between the parties comes ahead of the Presidential polls, which will take place on July 17.

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    SHANMUGA S
    Jun 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    If Meira respected Dalits being a Dalit SHE WOULD NOT HAVE AGREED TO FIGHT A DALIT.,..! IF INC RESPECTED DALITS IT SHOULD NOT HAVE FIELDED A DALIT TO FIGHT A DALIT...!! Now, Who is playing the DIRTY GAME....?
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      SHANMUGA S
      Jun 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm
      Yes...We have seen...What Meira did officially... and what Sushma did personally even for a person who ill treated her officially....What a difference...Sushma beats Meira...! Unfortunately inc doesn't know what is decency and what is indecency....! By seeing both video clippings we can judge who is a GENTLEWOMAN...No way to beat SUSHMA JI..!!
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        Human
        Jun 27, 2017 at 10:28 am
        I was a great fan of sushma, Advani, yashvant Sinha. After such a crude tweet from her on president nominee make me to believe that had no respect for President. After all one of the nominee is going to be our president. But for her party they are not would be president but are Davits. India will never get rid off castesim because such high post elections for president was introduced by Amit Shah as dalit. So India will not be allowed to become rich and prosper but would remain dalit because such rich, educated high standard people are defined as dalit by Amit Shah type head of ruling party. It means bjp believes in giving all facilities and benefits to well to do personalities and not real Davits. So real Davits would remain dalit and promotions as one step further lower.
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          SHANMUGA S
          Jun 27, 2017 at 1:06 pm
          Congress reciprocated the same way... Please see both clippings...You will find Sushma Ji adorable... It is the inc which reacted with " Dalit for Dalit " at ude.... Not Amit sha...
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          prakash gotimukul
          Jun 27, 2017 at 6:24 am
          INC shamelessly calls Meira Kumari as their party candidate. It does not even recognise other cons uents of UPA. So much for the arrogance. Loser
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            Ramsubramani Harihara Iyer
            Jun 27, 2017 at 5:22 am
            Reason for the Congress party for talking against MRs Swaraj is funny. Yes,she might have talked in praise of Mrs Kumar in her farewell talk,but that does not mean that she cannot point out the minus points of that lady. Is it not a fact that Mrs Kumar interrupted Mrs SWaraj 60 times during her 6 minutest speech.The dull heads of Congress do not understand even this basic thing.By the way,why this lady has agreed to contest the presidential election.Just like her party in the last general election she will be routed.
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              din
              Jun 27, 2017 at 12:07 am
              Meira Kumar will be disaster If she is ever nominated ! She was not effective in Lok Sabha and lacked weight, broad smile does not project dominating responsibility and witty response for the nation, Even Pranab was a jock and with congressi strings for past sins of corruptions - NO not aright person who cannot controll irresponsible politicians - BETTER BRING SIR LALU
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                prakash gotimukul
                Jun 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm
                Foolish. Your electoral college is MPs and MLA, hardly a few are on twitter. You are not in a popularity contest. Dont impress us. We already know enough abt you madam. Try to convince congis first. No body is interested You hv been nominated as a sacrificial goat wellbefore bakrid
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                  Harry Haridas
                  Jun 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm
                  What this lady is going to to do to improve India if by chance she is elected. While as the speaker she spends more time outside India than inside the country. Imagine her travel all over the world if she is the President?.She has to give a foreign country address for contacting?.
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                    one_genuine
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 6:28 am
                    What do you expect from the other 'yes man'? Can he stand on his own feet if the occasion so demanded! : outlookindia / /story/kovind-was-defence-witness-in-bangaru-laxman-graft-case-objected-to-sc-status-fo/299396
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