PATNA: Opposition candidate Meira Kumar today filed her nomination papers for presidential elections amid presence of representatives from 17 opposition parties.
“From today our fight has begun. This is the fight of ideology. Our ideology is based on the values of democratic principles, building an inclusive society, freedom of expression, press freedom, transparency and abolition of caste,” Kumar was quoted as telling reporters by news agency IANS soon after filing her papers.
The “daughter of Bihar” is contesting against NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind who was serving as the governor of the state before being named as the presidential candidate.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has announced his support to Kovind while his ally RJD president Lalu Prasad has lent his support to Meira Kumar.
Strangely, the RJD president was not present during the nomination filing of Kumar in New Delhi—for whose support he risked his government in Bihar at one point of time.
Prasad termed Nitish Kumar’s move to support Kovind as “Historical blunder” which drew strong protests from the JD-U camp for two consecutive days but he himself was conspicuous by his absence at this crucial occasion.
Like him, Bihar chief minister too gave the nomination filing ceremony of Kovind a miss. As such non from the JD-U graced this occasion despite lending its support.