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AAP to back Meira Kumar in Presidential battle

14 July 2017

The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday made a decision to support Opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar. "During its first tenure Mr Kejriwal formed the Government in coalition with the Congress party and now it has made a decision to support Meira Kumar who is Congress nominee for the post of President election", Mr Sirsa said in a statement.

"The election of the President and the Vice-President should be above partisan politics and we would have preferred a consensus candidate".

Mr. Singh said the AAP was also backing Ms. Kumar because the Opposition had a major role to play in the country's politics in the present circumstances.

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Kumar also said the caste system had "insulted" a large chunk of the country's population to the extent that it had "crippled" them.

"People were of the view from day one that Arvind Kejriwal is creation of the Congress party and AAP is "B" team of it and this is second time when it has been proved". She met Mayawati at the latter's residence, while the meeting with Yadav took place at the SP headquarters here.

Senior Congress leader Meira Kumar, fielded by various opposition parties led by the Congress, is pitted against the National Democratic Alliance's Ram Nath Kovind.

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Some opposition parties, including the JD (U), Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the YSR Congress and the Biju Janta Dal, have extended support to Kovind's candidature.

The AAP is the principal opposition party in Punjab.

The AAP's vote share accounts for around 9,000 as it has 67 MLAs in Delhi and 20 in Punjab, apart from four MPs from Punjab, which is less than 1% of the total votes in the Presidential election.

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AAP to back Meira Kumar in Presidential battle