This came after the Congress and Left denied bits of gossip that they would pick the former Lok Sabha Speaker for the post.

Opposition parties on Thursday announced that former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was their pick for the next president.

The declaration came after the Congress and Left had denied that Kumar was in the running for the post.

Prior this week, the Bharatiya Janata Party had picked previous Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind to be their possibility for the post. Different gatherings like the Janata Dal (United) and Shiv Sena had upheld Kovind, prompting much theory about whom the Opposition would select.

Kumar, a five-time MP, was chosen unopposed as the primary lady Speaker of Lok Sabha in 2009. She is the little girl of Dalit pioneer and previous Deputy Prime Minister late Jagjivan Ram. As indicated by political specialists, the Opposition picked Kumar to make the presidential race a battle between two Dalit faces.

The Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad said 17 political parties had unanimously picked Kumar to be their candidate. The others being considered were Sushil Kumar Shinde and Balchand Myngekar.

Speaking in favour of Kovind, JD(U) leader KC Tyagi had highlighted his Bihar connection. Kovind hails from Uttar Pradesh, while Kumar is from Bihar.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has supported Kumar, asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to rethink his decision to back Kovind. “I will meet him [Nitish Kumar] tomorrow and will ask him to think about his decision.

The presidential election will be held on July 17. Current President Pranab Mukherjee finishes his term on July 24.





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