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Meira Kumar is President post candidate of UPA against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind

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New Delhi: The opposition today chose former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, a Dalit, as its candidate for president against NDA’s 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.

 

 

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

CPI-M 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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Irritated over defeat Akhilesh Yadav sacks all party’s spokespersons

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Lucknow: In an unexpected development, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has sacked its panel of leaders who act as its spokespersons on television channels.

 

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In a statement issued here on Friday, party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said: “The appointment of all party panelists has been cancelled on the directives of national President Akhilesh Yadav.”

 

After unexpected defeat Akhilesh Yadav sacks party’s spokespersons:

 

He further asked the TV channels not to invite any of the panelists for debates.

 

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Apparently, the decision comes after the failure of the SP panelists to defend the poor performance of the SP-BSP alliance in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.

 

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