I am fighting the battle of ideologies: Meira Kumar

I am fighting the battle of ideologies: Meira Kumar

New Delhi : Calling upon the collegium to listen to the voice of their conscience, the Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar today said her fight was based on ideology, of protecting freedom of press and secularism. Talking to reporters, Ms Kumar said, ''Today I am in this contest to fight the battle of ideologies. It is an ideology that strives for social justice and protects freedom of the press and secularism.'' Urging the collegium to listen to their conscience, Ms Kumar said ,''I ask the members of the collegium to pay heed to the voice of their conscience. I am sure that a decision will be taken in India's favour.'' Polling is underway in Parliament and state assemblies for electing the 14th President of the country. Ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, both Dalits, are pitted against each other in the election. The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned. As many as 233 elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 members from the Lok Sabha and 4,120 MLAs from the state Assemblies comprise the electors. The electoral college has a vote value of 10.98 lakh and comprises 4,896 electors - elected members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and elected members of legislative assemblies of states and union territories. The counting of votes will take place from 1100 hrs on July 20. Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee's term expires on July 24 and a new President has to take over on July 25.

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