Dalit Card: Opposition May Field Meira Kumar As Presidential Candidate

| June 19 , 2017 , 16:32 IST

The opposition is likely to name Meira Kumar as its candidate for the next President of India.  The names of Congress leader Meira Kumar and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopal Krishna Gandhi have been doing the rounds as possible nominees.

The leaders of opposition parties are expected to meet on Thursday to chart out their response to BJP selecting Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA candidate for the Presidential election.

The Left parties and the RJD have been finding a candidate to stop the BJP from getting a walkover in the presidential elections..

“A meeting of opposition parties is scheduled on June 22 to decide on the presidential election,” JDU leader Sharad Yadav told reporters here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswamy and informed them about Kovind's candidature.

“I am sure Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden & marginalised,” Modi said after the NDA zeroeed on Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.