UPA Presidential candidate Meira Kumar to arrive in Odisha tomorrow


Earlier on June 28, Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar filed her nomination in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and a number of opposition leaders.

While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its support for the Opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar, party's senior Punjab leader and legislator H.S. Phoolka on Saturday said he was not going to support the "Congress-backed candidate".

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the decision to support Kumar was taken by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the party's apex decision making body, to "strengthen democracy".

"The presidential election is a fight between two ideologies", Kumar told reporters here after holding a meeting with Congress MLAs to drum up support in her favour.

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Meira Kumar was slated to later meet Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav. Voting is scheduled for July 17.

Stating that there were eight main religions in India, the former Lok Sabha speaker said the citizens of the country should have respect towards the different faiths.

The Congress did not invite the AAP when it had held discussions with other opposition parties on the matter. Their statements to the media indicated that all was not well in the state Congress and caused an embarrassment for the party leadership.

He said Mr Kejriwal and his team misled the people of Delhi on the pretext that they are opposed to the corruption of the Congress and will punish the party's leader for the corruption whose 300 page charge-sheet is with it.