Will Contest Prez Poll Based On Ideology: Opposition

Following hours-long negotiations led by the main Congress party, 72-year-old Meira Kumar was named as the opposition's nominee for the presidential polls on July 17 when Pranab Mukherjee's term ends.

During his almost two years' tenure as the Bihar governor, Kovind handled himself with dignity and poise and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was quite impressed with the his demeanour and grace which convinced him to back his candidature for the president's post, he said.

Former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, a Dalit herself, have been doing the rounds for a while for this post.

Speaking on the occasion, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Kumar was the unanimous choice of all the 17 parties and that other parties would also be urged to support her. "Hence, I do not subscribe to his political background", she said in a statement issued here.

Though Kumar's Mahadalit arguments have jolted Opposition leaders, they still believe that the Bihar chief minister will not go to the extent of joining hands with the BJP and support Kovind.

Earlier, Janta D (U) confirmed that they will support Kovind the President.

"Meira Kumar is more capable and popular than the NDA candidate", she said.

"As he (Kovind) was Governor of Bihar, there are many other things. and if Bihar's governor becomes President, then it shall be a matter of pride for the state", he said.

Gunman acted alone in shooting of congressman, not terrorism
The FBI said Hodgkinson arrived in Alexandria sometime in March and participated in a demonstration over tax reform on Tax Day. Hodgkinson's posts did not include "threats or references to Members of Congress or the Congressional baseball game".

"This election is a fight of ideology".

Meanwhile, party's bihar unit chief Bashistha Narain Singh: "The top leadership of the party, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, will decide on it (on the presidential candidate)".

"I will speak to Nitish Kumar and try to persuade him to reconsider this decision, to not make this historic blunder (of backing Kovind)". "Today she gave her consent for the name that came up".

Though, the left is not entirely comfortable with Kumar's candidature, they have instead proposed dalit activist and grandson of BR Ambedkar -Prakash Ambedkar's name.

The Panneerselvam camp has also extended support to the NDA presidential nominee.

However, Kumar expressed "happiness" over the BJP's decision to nominate Kovind as its presidential candidate.

As many as 48.9% of the votes are NDA's own, and the support of several non-NDA regional parties has taken the figure beyond 63%.

Related news:

Hot News

Thomas White International Ltd. Holds Stake in EQT Corporation (EQT)
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:43
If you are accessing this article on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of US & worldwide copyright law. Heading into the stock price potential, EQT Corporation needs to grow just 55.42% to cross its median price target of $79.

I did not record Comey conversations
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:38
He added that he took the step he thought it might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. He did leave open the possibility that such tapes exist.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump Doesn't Want 'Poor Person' Running the Economy
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:37
However, President Trump's proposal will also name additional categories of federal benefits that are off-limits to immigrants. That margin helped Trump take the state by almost 9 points after Barack Obama won it for Democrats the previous two elections.

Doctors: Scalise's Health Improving
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:35
The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson , who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Scalise was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ballfield Gunman Acted Alone in Shooting Rep. Scalise
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:35
The evening before, Hodgkinson was searching Google maps for routes from Alexandria, just south of Washington, to his home in IL . Minutes later, Hodgkinson shot in the vicinity of the field where congressional members and staffers were standing.

Public funeral planned for U.S. student Warmbier
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:35
DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Just four years ago, Warmbier graduated from the school as the salutatorian.

CSIS: US should consider immediate travel ban on N. Korea
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:32
The attendees included Ambassador Joseph Yun, the U.S. special envoy who traveled to Pyongyang to bring Warmbier back, and U.S. US President Donald Trump during a meeting of the American Technology Council, at the White House on June 19.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Democrats Realize 2010 'Fire Nancy Pelosi' Campaign Has Been Working
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:32
They worked perfectly in Georgia, ' said Gingrich, who used to represent the district in Congress that Ossoff just lost. Democrats knew the seat was winnable, or they wouldn't have poured millions of dollars into the race.

Chuck Todd: Pelosi Remains a 'Big Drag' for Democrats in Some Districts
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:32
BENNETT: Like Ryan, Congressman Seth Moulton of MA is also venting about the loss . "It should be a wake-up call for Democrats". Karen Handel is the newly elected member of United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th congressional district.

G7 Italy summit ends without United States pledge on Paris climate pact
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:31
The United States gave up no sovereignty in being part of the Accord. Environmental groups were less forgiving of the USA stance. Eric Wolff contributed reporting from Washington .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Have a look at the world's biggest carbon fibre Apple MacBook
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:31
Designed by London firm Foster+Partners, the new store is nothing short of an innovative architectural decision. While the original plans do not have an Apple logo on the roof, there could be changes on the way.

Former Man Utd star Di Maria given suspended prison sentence
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:28
Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine previous year for tax fraud. Ronaldo , 32, has denied the charges and is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

Di Maria Strikes Deal with Prosecutor over Tax Fraud
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:27
Morata's future has been a source of speculation in recent days because of his lack of playing time at Real Madrid last season. Ronaldo, 32, has denied the charges and is threatening to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Grenfell Tower Fire: Theresa May apologizes for government response in Parliament speech
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:24
Checks are also being done on the cladding of non-residential council buildings, which should be completed by the end of tomorrow. He said that "it's hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sauber Drivers Stunned by Kaltenborn Exit
Jun 23, 2017 - 16:24
Formula One team Sauber F1 and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn have parted ways with immediate effect. Sauber cited a difference of opinion regarding the future of the team as the reason.