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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