AIMIM to vote for Meira Kumar in prez polls


"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. We have MP, seven MLAs from Telangana and two MLAs from Maharashtra. MIM has distanced with Congress during the last elections and at the same time could not support BJP's Candidate, Ram Nath Kovind who has RSS backing.

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.

"I respect Meira Kumar ji but will not vote for her as she has been backed by the Congress which continues to shield perpetrators of anti-Sikh riots", Phoolka said. They interacted with the Assembly secretary Raja Sadaram to know about the arrangements being made for the presidential elections to be held on Monday. 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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The Congress and NCP in their meeting also said that like minded parties such as CPM, Samajwadi Party, Peasants and Workers Party and MIM will vote for the UPA nominee Meira Kumar.

Of the 48 Lok Sabha members from the state, 23 are from the BJP, 18 from the Shiv Sena, four of the NCP, two from the Congress and one independent.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh assured Kumar that the Himachal Congress Legislature Party (CLP) would stand behind her as she was the "most deserving candidate" for the post of president.