New Delhi, June 22, 2017: The opposition on Thursday announced it will field former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against the NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election.
The meeting is conveyed, a day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party Janata Dal-United (JD-U) decided to support NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
“Today in the opposition parties meeting which shall be chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi these issues (Presidential candidate) would be discussed,” Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge said here.
“Let us see what comes out of the meeting,” he said.
Reacting on the JD-U’s decision to support National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Kovind, Kharge said: “Nitish Kumar’s party JD-U’s announcement to support Kovind is his decision.”
“Earlier in the opposition parties’ meeting, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav had advised not to decide on the Presidential candidate in hurry,” he added.
Sharad Yadav was also a member of the sub-committee formed by opposition parties to decide their presidential candidate.
Sonia Gandhi had taken the initiative to talk to opposition parties to evolve a consensus on a presidential poll candidate. Nitish Kumar was among the leaders who met her and JD-U leaders took part in all meetings of the grouping.
The Left parties are keen to put up a candidate against Kovind in what they call an “ideological battle”.
While some parties have floated the name of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as the combined opposition candidate, the other name doing the rounds is of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who too belongs to the Dalit community.