Presidential Polls: Why didn’t Congress field Meira Kumar in 2012, ask BJP leaders

BJP leaders said opposition parties have fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to “save their skin”, and that the move reflects their “fear” of PM Narendra Modi. UP CM Yogi Adityanath alleged that opposition parties only want to divide Dalits.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 24, 2017 3:19 am
Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar, presidential polls, Yogi Adityanath New Delhi: NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind accepts greetings of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at an NDA meeting at Parliament in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI Photo, File)

BJP leaders Friday said opposition parties have fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for the President’s election to “save their skin”, and that the move reflects their “fear” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who was in Delhi for Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination filing, alleged that opposition parties only want to divide Dalits.

“The intention of opposition (parties) is not honest towards Dalits, otherwise they would have fielded Meira Kumar last time (2012, when Pranab Mukherjee won as the UPA candidate),” Adityanath said.

According to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the opposition decided to field a Dalit leader “in fear of Narendra Modi, who made the first move”.

Senior BJP leader and Opposition leader in Bihar Assembly Sushil Kumar Modi said opposition parties have made Kumar a “scapegoat”. “They thought about Dalits for the top post only after the BJP announced Kovind-ji as (NDA’s) Presidential candidate. Why didn’t the Congress nominate her last time when it was in a position to get her elected?”

Both Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar called the BJP’s choice for the top constitutional post as a step towards empowering lower sections of the society.

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    Vinod Sethi
    Jun 24, 2017 at 11:11 am
    Meira Kumar is a designer Dalit whose father Jagajivan Ram was a union cabinet minister for more than 30 years, she became an IFS officer in reservation quota meant for Dalit, was 5 time member of parliament and Speaker of the Lok Sabha and has crores of rupee is only a Dalit in name. She is a pseudo Dalit and is a stooge of Antonio Albino maino's vote catching device to fool the dalit. She is married to a Brahmin. How come she is still a Dalit? Going by this analogy how Sonia is Gandhi?
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      Jun 24, 2017 at 9:07 am
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        Curious onlooker
        Jun 24, 2017 at 8:02 am
        Mischief making attempt is quite evident in the so called Yogi's question. Everything has it own time. One might also ask why BJP did not propose Ram Nath Kovind's name in earlier presidential elections?
        1. T
          Jun 24, 2017 at 8:12 am
          It's a lost battle for the Opposition (till 2019 at least ) unless there is some divine intervention !
          1. R
            Jun 24, 2017 at 9:49 am
            Don't mislead. It is about the numbers. If congress had proposed her name earlier, she could have won, as the congress then has numbers, not the BJP.
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            CV Suresh Warrier
            Jun 24, 2017 at 7:46 am
            Dear BJP friends, bjp has no love for anybody except themselves, for them it is winning election, the plight of Dalits are bad, they are not allowed to even enter temples, in gujarat,, reason pechle janam main koi paap kiya hain, and the gr8 modi had ruled from 2002,, so the humbug abt empowering dalits by bjp is all bu t
            1. R
              Jun 24, 2017 at 9:51 am
              Oh, is it so...then who is it having love for everyone...congress??? Is that why they treated India like their family property passed on from generation to generation of one family, to loot and enjoy!
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              Chander Pal
              Jun 24, 2017 at 7:03 am
              UPA was in its dream run and the prince was almost ready, sort of. Pranab Da the brain of UPA and the senior most in the cabinet was in the way. So he had to be pulled out upstairs. Pranab Da had the credentials. Even when Rajiv was made PM he had staked his claim openly but lost. This time the mother wanted it smoothly, no chances were to be taken. Anyway enters a chai wala and the game changed.
              1. R
                Jun 24, 2017 at 5:02 am
                In fact Sonia and her corrupt gang called UPA-allies had two chances to do such act, of fielding Meira Kumar, another dynasty sycophant with 'dalit' face, when they got elected Pratibha Patil and later Prabnab Mukherjee. Instead of that, when losing is certain, they want a dalit to do that honor! It is similar to asking a poor Sikh MMS as PM to apologize for congress organized Sikh pogrom. Remember, Rajiv or Sonia never apologized for that act of fellow congress thugs. In fact Piolet, Sajjan Kumar were rewarded with cabinet berths and MP seats. Hope dalits would see real opportunistic face of corrupt congress-communist-Lallu-Maya-Momota gang.
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