Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Wednesday filed her nomination in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and a number of opposition leaders. June 28 is the last date for filing of nominations for presidential poll.
According to sources, Kumar filed a set of four nomination papers which were proposed and seconded by leaders of a number of opposition parties. She filed her papers in Parliament before the Lok Sabha Secretary General, the returning officer for the July 17 presidential election.
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This is a war of ideology and truth for us. We will keep on fighting for these values: Sonia Gandhi
Meira Kumar in Parliament alongwith Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and other Opposition leaders, to file her nomination shortly
Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrives in Parliament
Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar to file her nomination today
Leaders of a number of opposition parties including CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury and TMC's Derek O'Brien and other leaders representing opposition parties like the DMK, SP, BSP, RJS and JMM, also accompanied her during her nomination filing.
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The 75-year-old Kumar is the joint opposition candidate of 17 non-NDA parties against the ruling NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, will launch her campaign from June 30 from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, soon after the scrutiny of nominations on June 29.
She said that for her it is a battle of ideologies and not a 'Dalit versus Dalit' fight. Kumar had earlier made an emotional appeal to the electorate comprising MPs and MLAs to cast their vote with their "inner conscience".
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She also said the president's post cannot be used for narrow political interests.
Taking a leaf from former prime minister Indira Gandhi's appeal made during the 1974 presidential poll in favour of V V Giri, Kumar said, "This is that moment when one should heed to the inner voice of conscience and set the course of the nation."
(With inputs from PTI)