Capability, experience must supersede all consideration for President: Meira

Capability, experience must supersede all consideration for President: Meira

Aam Aadmi Patry (AAP) led by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal might back Meira Kejriwal, the candidate chosen by the 17-party Opposition in a bid to not support the BJP candidate, according to some sources.

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".

The NDA's presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, seems set for a comfortable victory with the already assured support of about seven of 11 lakh electorate, including those belonging to the NDA, JD (U), TDP, and AIADMK.

Under attack from allies, the junior Yadav backed down saying his statement "refers to Opposition in general and not related to Presidential election".

This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition, Swaraj tweeted along with a link to the over six-minute-long video of her address in April, 2013.

This symbolic fight by a united Opposition was also meant to set the stage for the formation of a secular anti-BJP alliance with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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The bitterness between Lalu Prasad and JDU chief and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the issue came to the forefront when the latter dismissed Lalu's claim that Meira Kumar should be elected because she was a "better Dalit and daughter of Bihar".

Talk that BJP may consider Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu only deepened this anxiety and the opposition made a decision to wait it out even as Congress and Left leaders correctly figured out that consultations launched by BJP were aimed at weaning away regional parties.

Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on Friday stressed that the post of President of India is "not symbolic" and that "capability and experience must always supersede" every other consideration while choosing the person for the post.

After Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav openly expressed his displeasure over Nitish's decision, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday hit out at the JD (U) leader.

Ram Vilas Paswan pointed out that, only once there has been a dalit President KR Narayanan in 1997, that too under the BJP government under the rule of I K Gujral. Many claimed that her election was a political move by the Congress Party, pushing their image as pro-women, while also supporting the Dalit rights.

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