New Delhi, June 28 (PTI): The Opposition’s presidential candidate, Meira Kumar, filed her nomination on Wednesday in the presence of top leaders of the Congress and other parties, and said it marked the beginning of her “fight for ideology”.
Meira, 72, who filed her papers with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by her side, will launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on June 30.
The Opposition put up Meira, daughter of the late Dalit leader Jagjivan Ram, after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party sprang a surprise by naming Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader who was governor of Bihar, as its candidate.
Meira has already said the contest should not be seen as one between Dalits, but as a battle of ideologies.
Accompanying the former Lok Sabha speaker as she filed her nomination in Parliament House were a host of opposition leaders, including the Nationalist Congress Party's Sharad Pawar, and Sitaram Yechury, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
“From today, our fight of ideology has started. This ideology is based on democratic values, inclusiveness in society, freedom of the press and individuals, end of poverty, transparency and destruction of caste structure,” she said after filing her papers.
Meira said she had already appealed to all members of the Electoral College that this was a very important time when the country stood at a crossroads.
“I have urged everyone to hear the voice of their inner conscience and take the country forward.”
From Sabarmati, she plans to go to Mumbai and Bangalore and be in Bihar on July 6. She ends her campaign on July 15.
The nomination papers will be scrutinised on Thursday.