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Prez poll: Oppn candidate Meira Kumar to file nominations tomorrow

Prez poll: Oppn candidate Meira Kumar to file nominations tomorrow

Days after Sushma Swaraj launched an attack on Meira Kumar by posting a video on Twitter, the Opposition's presidential candidate has now joined Twitter herself.

On being asked whether she will reach out to Nitish for his support, Meira Kumar said that the decision on what needs to be done will be decided in the near future.

JD (S) has 40 MLAs and three MPs.

According to sources, Kumar will file a set of four nomination papers which will be proposed and seconded by leaders of a number of opposition parties. NDA's Ramnath Kovind is from Koli community which is not included in SC category in Karnataka.

Kumar, who will take on NDA Presidential choice Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 polls, said she will face the electoral battle on the "plank of democratic values, inclusiveness, end of poverty, transparency and destruction of caste structure".

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Congress didn't agree on a Presidential candidate for the year 2017, and thus fielded Dalit leaders from their own party for the highest constitutional post.

Swaraj on Sunday posted over a six-minute video of her 2013 Lok Sabha speech in which the former Speaker was seen repeatedly interrupting the then leader of the opposition. What was up for discussion instead was the candidate's virtues, eligibility and achievements. In case of dalits, she said the other aspects of one's personality are completely blanked out. It is the place which is associated with Mahatma Gandhi who shook the empire through truth and non-violence and "I want to derive strength" from his ideology, she said.

Never once was caste discussed in earlier presidential contests. "I have requested them to listen to the inner voice of conscience", she said. "I don't think the caste identification should play a role", she added.

Even Meira Kumar's role in allotting 6, Krishna Menon Marg in Delhi for a memorial to her father Jagjivan Ram is also being raised. Senior Congress leader and state Registration Minister Abdul Jaleel Matan said it was meaningless to think about victory and defeat even before contesting the election.

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