Presidential polls: Battle of ideologies, not individuals, says Meira Kumar

The voting for the presidential polls will take place on July 17.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 09:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindusatan Times, Chandigarh
Presidential pols,Meira Kumar,Ram Narh Kovind
Meira Kumar(Livemint/ HT Photo)

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Sunday said her party was fighting against the surge of communalism in the country and it was a battle between ideologies and not individuals.

Kumar was in Chandigarh on Sunday to garner support from Congress MLAs and MPs from Punjab and Haryana. She claimed support of 17 political parties in the country, adding that she was in regular touch with them.

She separately met Haryana and Punjab MLAs along with their election in-charges Salman Khursheed and Asha Kumari. State unit presidents Sunil Jakhar (Punjab) and Ashok Tanwar (Haryana) were also present.

The voting for the presidential polls will take place on July 17.

Kovind was in Panchkula 10 days ago to meet BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs and MPs from Punjab and that of the BJP and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) from Haryana.

The Congress has 77 MLAs in Punjab, 15 in Haryana while two are of the Janhit Congress. In Haryana, the party has one MP in the Lok Sabha and two in the Rajya Sabha. In Punjab party has four MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in the Rajya Sabha.

Asked about support from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has 20 MLAs in Punjab, Kumar said she has written to all political parties, including AAP, for support. So far the AAP is indecisive on the issue. the party’s coalition partner Lok Insaaf Party (LIP), which has two MLAs, has announced support to the NDA candidate.

“After getting elected, Meira Kumar will show mirror to the NDA government,” Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said.

Kumar said she was glad that both the UPA and NDA chose Dalits as their presidential candidates but was unhappy over the fact that the ruling party was projecting it as a fight between two individuals. She refused to comment on why the UPA took so much time to nominate her as a candidate.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 09:18 IST