Meira Kumar is Opposition’s Presidential Candidate

Meira kumarNew Delhi: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will be the opposition candidate against the NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the Presidential elections.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi announced Kumar’s name after the meeting of 17 opposition parties held in New Delhi on Thursday evening to finalise the candidate.

The meeting was attended by former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury , RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, Sharad Pawar of NCP, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader Kanimozhi , National Conference’s Omar Abdullah and Trinamool Congress leader  Derek O’ Brien among others.

Kumar, a five-time Member of Parliament, is the daughter of former Deputy Prime Minister and prominent Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram. She was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha and served from 2009 to 2014.

On the other hand, NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind is set to file his nomination papers at 11.30 AM on Friday.

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