"Her (Meira Kumar) stature is high and has been the speaker, minister and Lok Sabha member". In 2009, she was elected as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha, replacing Somnath Chatterjee. The opposition has fielded Kumar considering her background. Soon leaders of various parties proposed the name of Kumar as the best possible candidate and then Gandhi capped the discussions by selecting her name.
The candidate is Meira Kumar, a low caste "Dalit" like Kovind, who is also educated and experienced in public affairs like him.
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Prasad earlier in the day said that the opposition parties are still treading on the path Nitish Kumar had suggested to make the country "Sangh-mukt". All the parties were reached for their support. If he backs Kovind, Nitish faces backlash of Dalits in Bihar and if he changes his mind he will be shutting doors to central assistance. The decision was taken in a meeting of the opposition which was attended by leaders of 17 parties including Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, DMK's Kanimozhi and National Conference's Omar Abdullah. "We will stick with his choice", JD (U) spokesperson Pavan Kumar Varma said.
India has a special electoral college that votes for the president, which includes federal and state legislative members.
Another BJP leader Shaina NC asserted that their nominee Ram Nath Kovind will win the Presidential Election as they have more numbers in their basket. "Why didn't they field her in the last two presidential elections?", the chief minister said.
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The decision was taken at a meeting of the 17 non-NDA parties in Parliament House Library, with the leaders endorsing the name of the former minister and diplomat, whose father, ex-deputy prime minister Jagjivan Ram, was often hailed as one of the tallest Dalit leaders in the country. The party's leader and former J&K chief minister, Omar Abdullah was present at the meeting.
While Derek O' Brien represented the Trinamool, the SP sent Ramgopal Yadav and the BSP Satish Mishra. However, an nearly defeated Opposition has managed to successfully turn the race into a fight between the BJP and others.
The JD (U) had announced support to Kovind despite having an alliance with the RJD and Congress.
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Top BJP allies Parkash Singh Badal of SAD and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu were among the proposers in the third set.