Capability, experience must supersede all consideration for President: Meira

The Opposition - Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI), and other parties - chose to meet on Thursday to discuss the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) decision on Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind. In the Presidential election scheduled for July 17, he will face off with the Congress-led opposition candidate Meira Kumar, whose nomination was announced Thursday.

"Some of the political parties like JD (U), (Biju Janata Dal) BJD, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) or Shiv Sena have already announced that they are supporting Kovind". Both factions of AIADMK have offered support to the NDA candidate, giving Kovind a decisive edge over Meira. "If Nitish Kumar joins the NDA, LJP will welcome him".

He reminded that as the then Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar ensured passing of Telangana Bill in the House.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties attempted to reach out to JD (U) President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had pledged support for NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. "But the question is has Bihar Ki Beti been chosen to lose?"

Given the various contenders for the top post, and bitter history among numerous opposition leaders, it is not too hard to think of a consensus emerging around a qualified Dalit backed by the Congress. So every party of Bihar should not think about anybody but support Meira Kumar.

Kumar appealed to members of the Electoral College to base their decision on "these cherished principles and secure them for our future generations". He reiterated that JD (U)'s decision will have no impact on the coalition.

The BJP also went all out to woo Kumar to the NDA and hugely praised the latter for lending his support to the NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan on Friday, Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy said that earlier Mr Kovind had rejected the Ranganath Mishra Committee report that had recommended 10 per cent reservations for Muslim minorities and 5 per cent reservations for Christians in government jobs. "We fight an ideological battle", he said.

  • Leroy Wright