Meira Kumar to begin election campaign from Sabarmati Ashram

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 28, 2017

"17 main opposition parties nominated me unanimously and I am grateful to them", she said speaking to the media at Delhi's Constitution Club.

Responding to a poser on Janata Dal (United) supporting NDA presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind, Kumar said, "Such things happen in politics". How can you take an election away from ideology. You mean to say that ideology will not have a role in the highest post?

On the JD (U)'s relation with the BJP, he said, "Our relations with the BJP were natural but we parted ways due to our ideological differences", he said.

The Congress-led Opposition has chalked out a detailed tour plan for the former Lok Sabha speaker who will kick off her campaign from Sabarmati in Gujarat on June 30.

Will go to Sabarmati Ashram and launch campaign. "That's why I am going there", said Kumar.

Most importantly at the press conference, Kumar stressed on how the upcoming presidential election is more of a battle between two ideologies and said, "It is the highest position of the land for which the election is being held". In case of dalits, she said the other aspects of one's personality are completely blanked out.

"This reflects the true picture and truth of the society".

The fact that the election was being viewed as a contest between two Dalits reflected society's mindset in her view.

"Whatever is happening is very painful". To allegations of financial impropriety, she said these were baseless and all issues were settled earlier. This is not just my fight.

The opposition last week named Kumar, a Dalit leader from Bihar and former minister, as its candidate against former Bihar governor and Dalit activist Kovind, who was likely to succeed Pranab Mukherjee as the President because of the NDA's strength in Parliament and state assemblies.

"Although its process of electing is political, the post itself is apolitical".

"For this post, there should be no one-upmanship of caste".

How can ideology not play a role when it comes to Presidential polls?

"I have written to the collegium of MPs and MLAs and asked for their support".

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