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Presidential Election 2017: Meira Kumar Files Her Nomination

Presidential Election 2017: Meira Kumar Files Her Nomination

As Meira Kumar Files Nomination, Sonia Gandhi Delivers A Message

With Sonia Gandhi by her side, Meira Kumar files nomination for Presidential election

Meira Kumar, Opposition candidate, files nomination papers for Presidential election

Meira Kumar

Indian Politician
Meiṛa Kumar is an Indian politician and five-time Member of Parliament who is the United Progressive Alliance nominee for President of India in the 2017 election.
Born: March 31, 1945 (age 72), Patna, India
Party: Indian National Congress
Parents: Jagjivan Ram, Indrani Devi
Education: Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School
Siblings: Suresh Kumar
Ex-spouse: Manjul Kumar

Meira KumarOpposition Presidential candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar (File Photo)

Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar filed her nomination papers for the July 27 election for the country’s top office. Her candidacy is backed by a number of parties including Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal ( RJD), Trinamool Congresss, Samajwadi Party( SP) and BSP. Kumar is a five-time MP and has served as the  Lok Sabha Speaker as well as an IFS officer.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, senior party leaders, chief ministers such as Amarinder Singh, Virbhadra Singh and Siddaramaiah were present as Kumar submitted her nomination papers.

She faces the NDA presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind who was earlier the Governor of Bihar. Kovind’s name was announced by BJP President Amit Shah last week and is backed by all the parties in the NDA along with non-NDA constituents like BJD, TDP and TRS and AIADMK. Both Kumar and Kovind, hailing from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively, belong to the Dalit community.

On Tuesday, Kumar said “caste identification” should not play a role in election to the high office. She said the contest is a battle of ideologies and questioned the society’s mindset for portraying it as a Dalit vs Dalit fight.

“Prior to this, when elections for this post took place many a time there were candidates from the so-called upper castes. But there was no discussion on their castes. Their qualities, abilities and qualifications were discussed. I don’t remember their being any debate about their castes,” she said.

“Against the ideology of divisiveness she represents the values that bind us as a nation&a ppl.Proud to have @meira_kumar ji as our candidate,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

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