March 23, 2018

AAP to support Meira Kumar

14 July 2017, 08:20 | Winifred Adams

AAP to support Meira Kumar

Swaraj invited the leaders of the Congress and other opposition parties to attend the briefing which is likely to be held at the residence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday. pti file

The joint candidate of non-BJP opposition parties for Presidential elections, Meira Kumar, on Friday said that it was "highly unfortunate" that she and NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, were identified by their caste. "During its first tenure Mr Kejriwal formed the Government in coalition with the Congress party and now it has chose to support Meira Kumar who is Congress nominee for the post of President election", Mr Sirsa said in a statement.

Singh said the AAP was backing Meira Kumar as the opposition has a significant role to play in India's present circumstances.

The sources said the BJP is now expected to hold a meeting of its Parliamentary Board in a day or two before they announce their candidate.

Summary: BHOPAL: "A Dalit versus Dalit electoral fight for the post of President will only take us backwards".

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As decided earlier, the BJD and BJP lawmakers have to meet Ramnath separately though BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik was one of the first party presidents to lend support of his party to the NDA candidate.

The Rajouri Garden MLA said if he was ever asked to vote for Congress party, he will prefer to sacrifice every post instead of voting for the party which was responsible for killing of thousands of Sikh on the streets of Delhi and other cities.

An AAP leader, who did not want to be named, said the party was "fine" with keeping a distance from the Congress.

The AAP's vote share accounts for around 9,000 as it has 67 MLAs in Delhi and 20 in Punjab, apart from four MPs from Punjab, which is less than 1% of the total votes in the Presidential election.

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