MIM Ends Presidential Elections Dilemma

MIM Ends Presidential Elections Dilemma

MIM Ends Presidential Elections Dilemma

"Earlier also, the members had exercised their conscience during the presidential contest between Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and V V Giri", she told the Congress lawmakers.

The Janata Dal (United) will not attend the meeting called by the joint Opposition, with party leaders keen on avoiding a meeting with presidential candidate Meira Kumar, ANI reports.

The interactive session, the sources say, will see Meira Kumar, the Opposition's presidential nominee, and Gandhi, its vice-presidential candidate, make their presentations before them. While Ram Nath Kovind is nearly assured of a win, Opposition candidate Meira Kumar may suffer from cross-voting in these two states.

While the election for the presidential post will be held on 17 July, the vice-presidential elections, who is also the chairman of Rajya Sabha, will be held on 5 August.

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He said the party has been with Kumar throughout her candidature process and during the filing of her nomination papers. "We are voting for our candidate Meira Kumar", NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said here.

At one stage, MIM contemplated to abstain from the voting but later made a decision to support Meira Kumar on the request of Sonia Gandhi.

In the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP has 122 members, Sena-63, Congress-42, NCP-41, Peasants and Workers Party of India (PWP-I)- three, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA)- three, MIM - two, MNS, Samajwadi Party, BBM, CPI-M and RSP - one each and Independents - seven. Former Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumanth Rao expressed doubt that the MIM might be trying to please the ruling TRS by snubbing Meira Kumar.

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