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Presidential polls: It is a battle of ideology, says Meira Kumar

Further, adds that she was fighting for the poor and the downtrodden

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Meira Kumar
Opposition's Presidential Candidate Meira Kumar

The presidential election is a battle of principles and ideology, opposition candidate on Saturday said and dismissed remarks that she has been made a "scapegoat". Rounding off her three-day visit, Kumar asserted that she was fighting for the poor and the downtrodden "whose voice otherwise would have gone unheard". "Seventeen parties have chosen me unanimously as their candidate for presidential poll which is not a small thing.

The opposition unity is based on principles and ideology and I am fighting for its victory," Kumar said at the headquarters in Sadaquat Ashram in The former speaker refused to comment on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's support to NDA's pick The chief minister, who had gone to Rajgir on July 6, has not returned to state capital due to health issues. With the scales tilted heavily in Kovind's favour, said, "I have written to all the MPs and members of electorate college to hear voice of their conscience before casting vote." She described RJD chief Yadav as a "hardcore supporter" of forces against communalism. "Laluji is steadfastly standing with the ideology of secularism despite numerous challenges." Kumar also emphasised her strong roots with saying the state has always been special to her "because I was born, and got married here". "The people of the state have always defeated communal forces whenever they rear their head in the country," she said. "I have made Gandhian ideology the centre of my fight and for this reason I started my campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat," she added.

First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 21:44 IST