Meira Kumar meets Kejriwal day ahead of presidential election
The AAP has already announced its support to the former Speaker following a decision of the political affairs committee.delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2017 11:00 IST
A day before the city legislators vote in presidential election 2017, opposition nominee Meira Kumar met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at this residence seeking support of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi.
The AAP has already announced its support to Kumar following a decision of the political affairs committee. While the Congress never invited the AAP in the meetings of all opposition parties to finalise candidate in run-up to the nominations, the AAP decided to extend support to the UPA candidate after Kumar called up Kejriwal and sought its support after she was named the opposition nominee.
Kumar, a former Speaker and daughter of Dalit icon Jagjiwan Ram, is pitted against NDA candidate former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind.
The 70-member Delhi assembly currently has 69 legislators, of which four belong to the ruling AAP. Four legislators are from BJP-SAD alliance, while one seat is lying vacant since March, since AAP legislator Ved Parkash quit membership to join the BJP.
Election commission officials said voting arrangements have been made at Delhi assembly, wherein a committee room — room number 35 — has been converted into a polling booth. NDA candidate Kovind has nominated leader of opposition Vijender Gupta as his polling agent, an aide of Gupta said.
ECI officials said written guidelines booklet has been provided to all the legislators. “As per the guidelines, the legislators will have to show at least one of the three options provided for identity proof. It includes ID issued by the assembly, certificate of election issued by the election commission or the voter ID,” an official said.
The voting timings will be from 10 am to 5 pm.