June 28, Wednesday : Opposition party’s Presidential candidate and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar filed her nomination in the presence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other top leaders.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D. Raja and TMC leader Derek O’Brien, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah were also present.
After filing the nomination, Kumar said “From today our fight has begun. This is the fight of ideology. Our ideology is for democratic principles, press freedom, inclusiveness and freedom of expression.”
“I have requested all the electors that this is a crucial time. The nation today stands at the crossroads from where one way leads to the place where there is narrow mindedness and no concern for the poor, Dalits and downtrodden,” she added.
Kumar also asserted that she has requested all the honorable members of the Electoral College to listen to their conscience and vote for her.
Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi praised Miera Kumar ahead of filing her nomination by saying that she represents values that bind us as a nation and people proud to have her as opposition’s pick.
Kumar will commence her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.
Prior to this, on Tuesday Meira Kumar held a press conference, reiterating that presidential election is a battle of ideologies not caste.
Political leaders of 16 other parties are backing her, including NCP’s Sharad Pawar, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad.