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Opposition picks Meira Kumar in Dalit-vs-Dalit Presidential battle

24 Juin 2017

However, another Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad refrained from commenting on the same and said that any discussion on the same would take place post the Opposition's meet.

Meira Kumar, a Dalit from Bihar, is daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram.

To finalise their strategy on Presidential election and zero on a candidate for the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Opposition parties met today at Parliament House's library. "Non- Jatavs in UP will think the Congress is opposed to their candidate and rally for the BJP", said Prasad.

The decision for the following President of India is to be hung on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the workplace on July 24.

The decision to contest the Presidential elections might not bring the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar into Rashtrapati Bhawan, but it has sent out important signals of unity as a possible precursor to the next general elections.

"There will be no impact of this (different views of the RJD and the JD (U)) on the Grand Alliance government in the future", Prasad said.

In her speeches, Kumar has said that the country's sustainable growth is not possible without ending the centuries-old exclusion of marginalized groups such as scheduled castes and tribes.

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However, the Opposition's main intention behind coming together to field a candidate against BJP-led NDA's nominee seems to have run into problems.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar was yesterday announced as the Opposition' Presidential nominee. "I will tell him that he has made a mistake and would appeal him to rethink on his decision to support Kovind", Lalu told ANI.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who chaired the meeting, said she appeals to all secular parties - if there are any left - to support Meira Kumar. We are not supporting or opposing a person. That's because she presided over the acrimonious bifurcation debate in the Lok Sabha as Speaker on February 13, 2014. He said the BJP's three-member committee had asked the CPI about its suggestion for a Presidential candidate.

There was anticipation that Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party too would support Kovind, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, with SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati hinting at supporting the former Bihar governor.

Ahead of the meeting, the Left parties had chose to propose Gandhi, who is Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, and B R Ambedkar's grandson Prakash.

The opposition on Wednesday suffered a blow as the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) announced support for National Democratic Alliance candidate Kovind.