NEW DELHI: The Opposition said on Friday that it would contest the July 17 presidential election based on ideology and appealed to all secular forces to support its nominee Meira Kumar.
Kumar was picked by 17 non-NDA political parties as their candidate against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
The July 17 presidential election will see a contest between two Dalits, one hailing from Uttar Pradesh and the other from Bihar.
Thanking the Opposition parties for nominating her as their joint candidate, Kumar said this was a fight between different ideologies.
She appealed to the electorate comprising parliamentarians and members of state legislatures to decide on their support in the best interest of the country based on cherished values of social justice and inclusiveness and on principles and ideologies.
“This election is a fight of ideology.
I would appeal to the collegiums to take their decision on the best interest of the country, based on the cherished values and principles and ideologies. These are social justice, inclusiveness and values of composite Indian heritage which we hold so sacred,” she has said.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who termed Kumar as the best candidate to represent the secular forces, said, “This is a fight of ideologies and there is no midway.
People with secular ideology should stand with Meira Kumar.”
CPI national secretary D Raja also termed the presidential poll as a battle of ideologies and that the Opposition
would fight this contest seriously despite less numbers.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad said his was an “ideological battle” against Kovind.
“(He) is a hardcore RSS man and even if the Congress had asked us to support him, I would have gone against it,” he said.