Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

AAP decides to support Opposition candidate Meira Kumar

AAP decides to support Opposition candidate Meira Kumar

Opposition candidate for the President's post Meira Kumar on Thursday said her fight is against those trying to impose on the people a Manuwadi ideology having strong upper caste bias.

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar and senior party leader Pramod Tiwari, she drove to the BSP state headquarters here to meet Mayawati.

Sources from the party were already voicing the AAP's support for Ms. Kumar because pitching an Independent candidate would not have made sense. It can never be forgiven for it. Mulayam had said that Kovind was a "better" candidate.

Earlier on June 28, Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar filed her nomination in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and a number of opposition leaders.

Mr Sirsa also urged HS Phoolka to resign from the party (AAP) and as an MLA instead of supporting a Congress candidate Meira Kumar as he was locked in a bitter fight against them in 1984 Sikh riot cases.

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He said the former Lok Sabha speaker's representatives telephoned Kejriwal and sought support for her candidature.

The AAP is the principal opposition party in Punjab. "Therefore, I will abstain from voting". "I am honoured to be chosen by the Opposition for the top constitutional post", she said.

The Congress which stormed to power in Punjab in March this year has 77 members in the 117-member state assembly.

The Congress has 16 MLAS In the assembly which has a strength of 147 MLAs. The meeting lasting for nearly an hour saw the BSP president assuring Kumar of her party's full support to her candidature.

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