Advertisement
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Presidential Polls Seen As a Dalit v/s Dalit Contest: Oppn Nominee Meira Kumar

The former Lok Sabha speaker said that Presidential poll is being seen as Dalit vs Dalit contest and asserted that she will face the polls on plank of democratic values, inclusiveness, end of poverty, destruction of caste structure.

Presidential Polls Seen As a Dalit v/s Dalit Contest: Oppn Nominee Meira Kumar
| File PTI Photo
Presidential Polls Seen As a Dalit v/s Dalit Contest: Oppn Nominee Meira Kumar
outlookindia.com
2017-06-27T15:38:25+05:30

Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Wednesday categorically stated that there should not be one upmanship on caste for the post of President.

Meira Kumar filed her nomination today for the presidential election.

"I don't think the caste identification should play a room," Kumar said while addressing a press conference here.

Reiterating on the same, Kumar said it is shameful if even one such incident of violence against Dalits or weaker sections take place in today's time.

"I will want that the bundle of casteism should be dumped," she said.

"I will face presidential polls on the plank of democratic values, inclusiveness, end of poverty, destruction of caste structure," she added.

Speaking on the emergence of two factions, each supporting the two presidential candidates, Kumar said that 17 political parties have extended their support to her.

"I have written to the collegium of MPs and MLAs and asked for their support. I have requested them to listen to the inner voice of conscience," she said.

Responding to a poser on Janata Dal (United) supporting NDA presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind, Kumar said, "Such things happen in politics. I will decide what to do at the right time."

Kumar said that she will start her presidential campaign from Gujarat's Sabarmati Ashram.

Kumar has been pitted against Kovind by the opposition.

The presidential elections are set to take place on July 17. (ANI)

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

7 New Faces Likely In Punjab Cabinet; 5 Amarinder Singh Loyalists May Face Axe

7 New Faces Likely In Punjab Cabinet; 5 Amarinder Singh Loyalists May Face Axe

The new Punjab cabinet comprising 15 ministers will take oath on Sunday, the state’s Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced after having deliberations with the party high command.

Quad Not A Military Alliance, But Will Challenge China's Outreach In Indo-Pacific

Quad Not A Military Alliance, But Will Challenge China's Outreach In Indo-Pacific

Quad is to checkmate China’s growing profile as a nation giving humanitarian aid to nations across Asia and Pacific, and it wants to challenge China’s soft power bid in the region.

IPL 2021, DC Vs RR, Live Scores: Injury Cloud Over Marcus Stoinis In Abu Dhabi

IPL 2021, DC Vs RR, Live Scores: Injury Cloud Over Marcus Stoinis In Abu Dhabi

Follow live cricket scores and updates of DC vs RR here. Delhi are on top of the points table along with Chennai Super Kings.

Police Reforms In India Are Long Overdue But No Government Has Made It A Priority

Police Reforms In India Are Long Overdue But No Government Has Made It A Priority

Several commissions were appointed from time to time at the state and central levels for reforms in the police, but their core recommendations were never accepted.

Advertisement