Vote for ideology that binds India: Meira Kumar to lawmakers
17 July 2017, 07:40 | Max Haynes
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Talking to mediapersons, Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das said, "As per the instructions of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, all the MLAs and leaders have been directed to have a single opinion and choose Congress candidate Meira Kumar in the Presidential election". Sources in the MIM told The Sunday Guardian that the party might abstain from the election to prove that it is equidistant from both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress.
As the Presidential Elections 2017 is underway, Congress-led Opposition Nominee Meira Kumar stated that her battle is of ideologies and she has urged the collegiums to listen to their conscience for the best interest of the country.
The party has seven members in the Telangana Assembly and two in the Maharashtra Assembly.
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Voting for the presidential poll began at 10am on Monday and will continue till 5pm.
The Congress-led opposition nominated Kumar to face National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind. It, however, did no cast its vote in 2007 as Ms. Pratibha Patil, UPA's Presidential candidate was mired in controversy over her comments on Abaya or traditional wear of Muslim women. The Opposition expects 90 plus votes in favour of Meira Kumar.
AAP leader and former chief whip of the party in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that the party has made a decision to vote in favour of Meira Kumar in the presidential election.
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