Meira Kumar meets Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati


Opposition's presidential nominee Meira Kumar on Friday met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav separately during her day-long visit to the state capital here.

"The Political Affairs Committee headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has chose to support the united opposition candidate Meira Kumar", party leader Sanjay Singh said here.

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".

"We need to see the Presidential polls above political considerations".

"We believe that a time should not have come for voting for a crucial post like the president". AAP was not part of the meeting of 17 Opposition parties in June when it made the decision to field Kumar.

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"Nevertheless, election is taking place to choose the president".

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.

"We (the Congress-led UPA government) brought the Right to Information Act to bring in transparency in government functioning", she said and added, there was no public agitation demanding that such a law should be passed.

Incidentally, her opponent in the presidential poll, NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, also hails from Kanpur.

The four-year-old party has 85 MLAs and four MPs, which translate into around 9,000 votes in the electoral college for the presidential election.