Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday announced Meira Kumar as UPA's candidate for Presidential poll 2017. A crucial meeting of opposition parties held on Thursday in Delhi which was attended by leaders of 17 parties.
Here is all you need to know about Meira Kumar:
# Meira Kumar is the daughter of former Prime Minister and prominent Dalit leader, Jagjivan Ram, and freedom fighter Indrani Devi.
# Meira Kumar has been Member of Parliament for five times.
# She is the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha. She served as the speaker of the Lower House from 2004-2009.
# Meira Kumar served as a Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Manmohan Singh led ongress Government from 2004-2009.
# She has been elected earlier to the 8th, 11th, 12th and 14th Lok Sabha.
# She was elected from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. At that time she defeated Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati.
# Meira Kumar joined Indian Foreign Service in the year 1970.
# She is another Dalit leader from Akola in Maharashtra.
# She lost her seat in the BJP wave of 1999, but she was re-elected with majority rom her father's former constituency of Sasaram in Bihar in 2004 and 2009.