Sushma targets Meira using old video

The opposition yesterday chose former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, a Dalit, as its candidate for president against NDA's Ram Nath Kovind.

He said it was only after Kovind's name came up as the NDA nominee that the opposition forwarded Meira Kumar's name. After the meeting, Lalu said Nitish Kumar, whose party JD (U) has chose to support Kovind, had taken a wrong decision.

New Delhi, Jun 25 Making an emotional appeal to MPs and MLAs, Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar today urged them to cast their votes with their "inner conscience". Read Also: Presidential elections: Opposition walks into BJP trap of dividing dalits There is a storm brewing with JD (U) forcing Nitish to rethink.

But Prasad's hopes of any U-turn by Nitish Kumar were quickly dashed with the JD (U) rejecting his request to reconsider its support to Kovind, saying its stand is based on merit and it will stick with Kovind.

Tejaswi also seemed to be fuming at the Rahul when he said, "The opposition parties also need to realise that politics can not be a part-time venture..." The video also shows Kumar asking Congress leader and then parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath if he wanted to speak.

The trigger could be from the remarks made by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Kovind's candidature saying, "The Office of the President is a key post".

While the Opposition's move is to test Kumar on his "anti-communal, anti-RSS" politics, Lalu said, "I will personally talk to Nitish and try to get him to see the point". Though a positive gesture in support of Ms Swaraj, the BJP leadership grew uncomfortable over the remarks and hence, Ms Sushma Swaraj has to take the cudgils against Meira Kumar.

Though Trinamool Congress' Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and SP's Akhilesh Yadav, who were present at the last Opposition meeting held on May 26, were not present their representatives were there.

In the video, Kumar repeatedly said "thank you" and "all right" to Swaraj, indicating that the MP had to cut short her address.

  • Leroy Wright