Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar today filed her nomination in the presence of top Congress and opposition leaders and said it marked the beginning of her “fight for ideology”.
Kumar, 72, will launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on June 30.
Accompanying the former Lok Sabha speaker as she filed her nomination in Parliament House were a host of opposition leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
“I have filed my nomination papers as the opposition candidate for the Presidential election. Along with Sonia Gandhi, leaders of 16 opposition parties were also present as were members of the electoral college.
“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,” Kumar said after filing her papers.
She also said she doesn’t merely believe in talking about this ideology, but in implementing it.
Kumar 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.
“There is one path which takes us towards narrowmindedness and no concern for the poor and downtrodden, while the other path leads to upliftment of Dalits, poor, oppressed, downtrodden, women and labour and people of all religions.
“I have urged everyone to hear the voice of their inner conscience and take the country forward.”