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Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar meets Mayawati

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Former Speaker called on (BSP) chief on Friday to canvass support for the July 17 Presidential

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar and senior party leader Pramod Tiwari, she drove to the state headquarters here to meet

The former state Chief Minister told that her party had already declared its support for her candidature.

was slated to later meet President Akhilesh Yadav.

The has 47 legislators, the 19 and the Congress seven in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly.

had earlier announced that in case the Congress put up a better and more popular Dalit leader as a candidate for the Presidential election, she would support him or her.

Senior Congress leader Meira Kumar, fielded by various opposition parties led by the Congress, is pitted against the National Democratic Alliance's Ram Nath Kovind.

While Akhilesh Yadav's party has made its support for her candidature clear, doubts remain as party mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav and his younger brother Shivpal Singh Yadav have favoured Kovind.

Meira Kumar is urging state lawmakers for a conscience vote.

Voting will be held in the Tilak Hall of the assembly between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 17, an official said.



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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 15:40 IST