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Business News/ Politics / Policy/  Opposition wants to divide Dalits by fielding Meira Kumar: Yogi Adityanath
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Opposition wants to divide Dalits by fielding Meira Kumar: Yogi Adityanath

Only after the NDA picked Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as its presidential candidate did the Congress decide to field Meira Kumar, said Yogi Adityanath

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath (far left) greets NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Subhav Shukla/PTIPremium
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath (far left) greets NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Subhav Shukla/PTI

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that opposition parties fielded Meira Kumar as their presidential candidate to divide Dalits and to “save their skin".

Only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah picked Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the NDA’s presidential candidate, did the Congress decide to field Kumar, Adityanath said after Kovind filed his nomination papers. “Intentions of the opposition are not honest towards Dalits, otherwise they would had fielded Kumar last time," Adityanath said. The opposition parties have fielded her only to divide Dalits in the country, he added.

Echoing the UP chief minister’s views, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said that opposition parties have made Kumar a “scapegoat" by naming her as the opposition’s presidential candidate. “They thought about Dalits for the top post only after the BJP announced Kovindji as presidential candidate. And why didn’t Congress nominate her last time when it was in a position to get her elected to the highest office," Modi said. Praising the choice of the NDA, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das expressed confidence that Kovind would be victorious.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the BJP’s choice for the top constitutional post as a step towards empowering the lower sections of society. Kovind hails from a humble background, is committed to social causes and his personality suits the stature, Khattar added.

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Published: 23 Jun 2017, 06:01 PM IST
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