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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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Priyanka starts 2nd leg of UP campaign on Wednesday

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi will kick off the second leg of her three-day Lok Sabha election campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Amethi on Wednesday.

She will reach Lucknow on Wednesday morning from where she will travel by road to visit her brother and party President Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi, according to party leaders.

She will go to her mother Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli on Thursday. She will visit Faizabad, near Ayodhya, on Friday.
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During her visits, Priyanka Gandhi will meet party workers and address public gatherings.

From March 18 to 20, she undertook a 140-km-long boat ride from Prayagraj to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi.

The Congress won only two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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