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    Published On : Thu, Jun 22nd, 2017

    Presidential election 2017: Meira Kumar is Opposition candidate

    Meira Kumar
    New Delhi: The opposition on Thursday June 22, 2017 chose former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, a Dalit, as its candidate for president against National Democratic Alliance’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

    Kumar, a former diplomat and daughter of the late Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, was the unanimous choice of the 17 opposition parties that attended the meeting.

    With Kovind also being a Dalit, this makes it a Dalit vs Dalit presidential contest.

    “We have decided to field the name of Meira Kumar for the presidential election… We do hope that other parties also join us,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi said.

    Her party colleague, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, said Kumar was a unanimous choice.

    Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar proposed three names — Kumar, former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar, both Dalits from Maharashtra.

    Communist Party of India-Marxist general secretary Sitaram Yechury put forward the names of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of B R Ambedkar.

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