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Presidential poll an articulation of what we stand for: Meira Kumar

01 July 2017

We should rather be talking about development and other issues. "I feel sad that the mindset of people hasn't changed". In the past, when presidential elections were contested by upper caste candidates, their caste was never discussed and the focus was on their work.

"If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident that its candidate will win, then why is there a need for election?" It's a very strong articulation of what we stand for and our ideology.

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"Specific works were allotted to people from specific castes, like washing clothes, leather trade, performing puja in temples, etc".

Summary: ReadMy fight is to take forward Mahatma Gandhi's ideology: Meira Kumar She also expressed displeasure over the elections being viewed as a contest between two Dalit leaders - Meira Kumar and Ram Nath Kovind.

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"The environment today is very disturbing. Just by going there one gets Shakti (power), so I am also going there", Kumar had said.

Later, she met parliamentarians and legislators of various United Progressive Alliance (UPA) constituents and appealed for their support and votes by listening to their "inner voice" for the sake of the nation. "I have written a letter to all MLAs and MPs to understand the importance of the moment and support me".

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Recounting the poll journey so far, Kumar said: "I started from Sabarmati Ashram and I am taking forward the values and principles propounded by Gandhiji". According to the sources, Kumar had contacted AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and asked him to support her. "NCP chief Sharad Pawar will not be there as he was present at the time of filing nominations, but all the senior leaders from Maharashtra will remain present for the meet", said a senior NCP leader.

Presidential poll an articulation of what we stand for: Meira Kumar