Meira Kumar files nomination

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge during filing of her nomination papers at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge during filing of her nomination papers at Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

United opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar filed her nomination in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a number of opposition leaders on Wednesday.

Kumar filed a set of four nomination papers which have been proposed and seconded by leaders of all opposition parties present.

Leaders of opposition parties including CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, TMC’s Derek O’Brien and other leaders representing opposition parties like the DMK, SP, BSP, RJS and JMM accompanied her during her nomination filing.

The 75-year-old Kumar is the joint opposition candidate of 17 non-NDA parties against the ruling NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, will launch her campaign from June 30 from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, soon after the scrutiny of nominations on June 29.

She said that for her it is a battle of ideologies and not a ‘Dalit versus Dalit’ fight.

Kumar had earlier made an emotional appeal to the electorate comprising MPs and MLAs to cast their vote with their “inner conscience”.

She also said the president’s post cannot be used for narrow political interests.

Taking a leaf from former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s appeal made during the 1974 presidential poll in favour of V V Giri, Kumar said, “This is that moment when one should heed to the inner voice of conscience and set the course of the nation.”