AIMIM to vote for Meira Kumar in prez polls

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi was announced as the Opposition's Vice Presidential candidate on Tuesday

With the odds stacked against her, the Congress-led opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Sunday urged the members of the electoral college to heed their "voice of conscience" and vote for an ideology that binds India.

MIM's senior leaders are meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday, 16 July, to discuss the issue and take a decision on the Presidential election.

"The rumours that NCP MPs and MLAs are voting for the NDA presidential candidate are false".

At one stage, MIM contemplated to abstain from the voting but later chose to support Meira Kumar on the request of Sonia Gandhi.

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The Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and NCP group leader in the assembly Jayant Patil rubbished claims made by a section of NDA that some Congress and NCP members would vote for its candidate Ram Nath Kovind. As many as 17 non-NDA parties, including Congress, the Left parties, TMC, BSP, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD, JMM JD-S and NC, are supporting Meira Kumar. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has directed the local unit to maintain party affiliations and sent AICC observer Siddharth Patel to negotiate between the MLAs and PCC members here.

The relationship between the two parties soared so much that, Congress has even accused MIM of acting hand in glove with BJP.

Hyderabad: The State government has chose to appeal against the acquittal orders issued in MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's case. Former Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumanth Rao expressed doubt that the MIM might be trying to please the ruling TRS by snubbing Meira Kumar.

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