Thursday, June 22, 2017
As expected, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will be the Opposition’s candidate for President against BJP nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
At a meeting held today chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and was attended by 17 parties has reportedly decided to field her. Now with the fielding of Meira Kumar, the contest will be Dalit vs Dalit.
Left parties Sitaram Yechuri said that the decision to field Meira Kumar (72) was unanimous. Mayawati of Bahujan Samaj Party indicated that she did not want to be seen as blocking a Dalit candidate’s rise to the top position in the country. It may be recalled that the BJP enjoying 60 per cent of the vote with the support of several regional parties, the opposition sway a contest will symbolize a battle of ideologies.