Twitterati react to Opposition picking Meira Kumar as 2017 presidential candidate

Meira Kumar has been chosen as the presidential candidate by the Opposition opposite NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. 

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 22, 2017 9:26 pm
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Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar has been chosen as the presidential candidate by the Opposition against NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Announcing her candidature at a press conference in Delhi, leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “Opposition parties have unanimously proposed the name of Meira Kumar for the upcoming Rashtrapathi Election…” Calling her a “crusader for social justice”, Azad said the Opposition couldn’t have picked a better candidate.

There was already enough speculation since the 72-year-old Congress leader met Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday at the latter’s residence. As the news broke out on social media, Twitterati were ready with some witty quips, mostly referring to Kumar’s propensity to tell Parliament members to sit down when she was the Lok Sabha Speaker.

Sharing what went out in the meeting held by the seventeen members at the Parliament library, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “Between the other four names we considered — Meira Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Bhalchandra Mungekar and  Prakash Ambedkar — the point was we chose a name on which everyone agreed. It was an unanimous choice of all the Opposition parties and we have appealed to others in the opposition to support her.”

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Coincidentally, Kumar too belongs to Dalit community and she also hails from Bihar just like BJP’s Kovind. The elections are all set to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will resign from his position and leave the office on July 24.

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  1. Dharamvir Saihgal
    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:15 am
    Can they forget their feudal trysts with Late Jagjivan Ram?
    1. Y
      Jun 23, 2017 at 3:48 am
      Scapegoat. Poor lady.
      1. R
        Jun 23, 2017 at 2:35 am
        Really Indian express! you really think Meira kumar being dalit is a COINCIDENCE. Here, few more coincidences, all 4 choices which opposition discussed upon, Meira Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Bhalchandra Mungekar and  Prakash Ambedkar, were dalit. Just a COINCIDENce, Right?
        1. S C A
          Jun 23, 2017 at 1:33 am
          Meira Kumar, during her 5 years of Speakership of Lok Sabha, was notoriously known as a frequent flier, who used to undertake an average of two foreign trips each month, all at government expenditure. She used to enjoy a lavish life traveling with large entourage of family members, staying in 5 star hotels, traveling in First Class in Airlines, and taking extended foreign visits. She visited all parts of the world and visited almost all major countries (more than 100 countries) when she was Speaker. Many newspapers had reported the details of her expenditures in her lavish foreign visits. There were also demands of inquiry in to her expensive frequent foreign sojourns. Should such a person be considered for the post of a President, just because she is so called 'Dalit'?
          1. Drparas Jain
            Jun 23, 2017 at 8:15 am
            Kovid's choice primarily due to his being Dalit with Bihar-UP elections wgere the stakes are high . Hence the oppostion candidate perforce had to be a Dalit from Bihat UP>. Opposition could ill afford beeing seen in the company of an anti- dalit upper caste candidate.
          2. S C A
            Jun 23, 2017 at 1:32 am
            Meira Kumar, has exploited being a 'Dalit', to the hilt. First getting selected for IFS under SC/ST quota when her father was a Central Minister for decades. Then she managed to get some plum postings in countries like UK, by getting priority due to being a 'Dalit'. Then she was given preference by Congress Party for election by alloting ticket, for being a 'Dalit'. Then she was selected by Congress, for Lok Sabha Speakership, for being a 'Dalit'. When Speaker, she spent crores crores on her frequent lavish foreign trips with her family members. Being a 'Dalit', her failure to pay a rent of 2 crores for the Delho homes where she stayed, was waived. Now being a 'Dalit', she is the Congress party's Presidential candidate. A 'Dalit' is supposed to be an underprivileged person. Does 'Meira Kumar' qualify as an 'under privileged' person on any criteria? On the contrary, her whole life is a 'VIP Privileged Person' exploiting every single benefit that she could get, for being a 'Dalit'.
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