Presidential election ideology-based, not person-centric: Meira Kumar on seeking Lalu’s support after CBI raids

RJD is one of the 17 Opposition parties fighting presidential election on a common ideology. The contest is not person-centric, said Meira Kumar when asked whether she would seek Lalu’s support after CBI raids.

Opposition’s presidential election nominee Meira Kumar, who is in Jaipur to seek support for her candidature, said on Tuesday that her fight was against an ideology and not an individual.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker made it clear that the recent CBI raids and corruption allegations against RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav will not alter her arithmetic in the run-up to the Presidential election.

In response to a question over speculations that she may not seek Lalu Prasad Yadav’s support after recent corruption allegations and the CBI raids, Meira Kumar said, “See, 17 Opposition parties have committed to fight this election together based on ideology. RJD is also a major partner in it and I am making this election ideology-based. I will not make it person-centric”.


It is being believed that NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind has an upper hand in terms of numbers for the Presidential election. However, Meira Kumar is of the view that numbers can swing from one side to another when people listen to their inner conscience.

“I respect my esteemed opponent. I do not want to comment against him. This is the election for the highest position of India. I would not want to see its honour or sanctity affected. Secondly, when it comes to figures, I feel when we hear the voice of our inner conscience, numbers swing from here to there. I know how to raise the voice of the inner conscience. There is no doubt about it. VV Giri’s election was of that kind”, Kumar said.


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