Opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar, who filed her nomination today for the election to be held on July 17, held a press conference on Tuesday and said that she wants that caste should be buried very deep down inside the ground and the society should move on.
The former Lok Sabha speaker, who will contest against the ruling party’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President, was chosen by the opposition leaders just to tackle the move of the BJP of contesting a Dalit candidate for this post.
While adressing the press she said that the President election is not about “Dalit vs Dalit” and called it the “battle of ideologies”. “Caste had never been talked like this ever before in a Presidential election, and it’s good that people are talking about it, this reflects the mental status of the society.” she said. She will be starting her campaign from 30 June from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat.
On being asked about the FAM Sushma Swaraj releasing a video, she said that leaders of various parties had never criticized her for her style of functioning but appreciated it “None had alleged that my style of functioning was biased”.
Meira Kumar comes from Bihar and the NDA’s candidate for the President Ram Nath Kovind was also the Governor of Bihar. The Chief Minister of Bihar and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has already announced that their party will not support opposition’s candidate in the election. On being asked that will she appeal Nitish Kumar for his support she said she had not decided on whether to appeal to Nitish Kumar to support her nomination.
Here’s the full press conference: