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Presidential Poll | Meira Kumar made scapegoat by Congress, says BJP

The Congress Has Made Meira Kumar A 'scapegoat' By Fielding Her As The Opposition's Presidential Candidate, BJP Said On Thursday. The BJP Also Questioned That Why It Did Not Nominate Her When It Was In A Position To Get Her Elected To The Highest Office.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Jun 2017, 09:32:27 PM
Presidential Poll | Meira Kumar made scapegoat by Congress, says BJP

New Delhi:

The Congress has made Meira Kumar a 'scapegoat' by fielding her as the opposition's presidential candidate, BJP said on Thursday. The BJP also questioned that why it did not nominate her when it was in a position to get her elected to the highest office.

"When the Congress had the opportunity to elect a Dalit president when they were in power they did not find Meira Kumar suitable. But when the defeat of the opposition candidate is certain they have fielded her as a scapegoat.

"This clearly shows that it has no commitment to elect leaders from marginalised sections to high offices and had decided to field her purely done as a token exercise," BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao said.

The NDA has chosen Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader from the BJP, as its candidate and his victory is almost a foregone conclusion as the ruling bloc enjoys a comfortable majority in the electoral college with the support of parties like the AIADMK, the TRS and the JD(U).

Kumar, a former diplomat and daughter of the late Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, was the unanimous choice of the 17 opposition parties at a meeting on Thursday.

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First Published : 22 Jun 2017, 09:17:00 PM

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