Congress leaders vow support to Meira Kumar

Congress leaders vow support to Meira Kumar

Congress leaders vow support to Meira Kumar

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said they voted for Opposition candidate Meira Kumar for the post of the President. At the same time, MIM do not want to be seen supporting Congress and so the party says it is supporting the candidate of the 16 Opposition Parties.

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As the Presidential Elections 2017 is underway, Congress-led Opposition Nominee Meira Kumar stated that her battle is of ideologies and she has urged the collegiums to listen to their conscience for the best interest of the country.

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In the 288-member State Assembly, Congress has 42 members while NCP has 41, PWP two, Samajwadi Party two, CPM one and MIM two. Abdul Kalam, NDA candidate for the 20012 presidential polls, nor the Left's Laksmi Sehgal, and had instead abstained from voting. It, however, did no cast its vote in 2007 as Ms. Pratibha Patil, UPA's Presidential candidate was mired in controversy over her comments on Abaya or traditional wear of Muslim women. "All will vote for Meira Kumar", said a senior MIM leader speaking to Express here on Saturday evening.

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Sources in the political corridors said that MLAs close to Phoolka may follow suit and vote against Meira Kumar and in favour of Ram Nath Kovind.

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