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Presidential Election 2017: Nitish Kumar Slams Opposition Over Fielding Meira Kumar, Says Her Defeat is Certain

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday questioned the opposition’s decision to field Meira Kumar against Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential elections and said her defeat is almost certain.

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Updated:June 23, 2017, 10:20 PM IST
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Presidential Election 2017: Nitish Kumar Slams Opposition Over Fielding Meira Kumar, Says Her Defeat is Certain
File photo of JD(U) leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (PTI)
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday questioned the opposition’s decision to field 'Bihar Ki Beti' Meira Kumar against Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential elections and said her defeat is almost certain.

“It is being said that Bihar ki Beti (Meira Kumar) has been made the candidate. I respect Meira Kumar but when they (UPA) had two terms at the Centre they should have made Bihar ki Beti the President. Now, you can only pitch her as candidate whose defeat is written on the wall.”

The JD (U) leader said the opposition parties should analyse their decision and not his party.

“I had said there is no reason to make the presidential elections a matter of dispute and there is need for consensus. JD (U) always takes decisions independently. I will not bow to pressure from anyone. Neither will I speak about what Lalu has said about me.”

Kumar said everybody is free to speak about this issue and it has nothing to do with Mahagathbandhan in Bihar. “I am keeping it above politics,” he said.

The Bihar CM said Congress general secretary CP Joshi himself said there is no such Mahagathbandhan outside Bihar and it is only for Bihar.

“Opposition could have started the strategy for victory in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But what kind of strategy is this. Their strategy is for defeat. I will not blame anyone, but UPA has not taken practical stance. Instead of keeping in mind defeating the BJP in 2019, they have started the process of their own defeat,” he added.

Kumar said the JD (U) will not reverse its decision. “We have taken this decision after consulting our core committee. If anybody has reservations about it, we can’t do anything. I had conveyed my decision to Lalu ji, Sonia ji and even Sitaram Yechury.”
| Edited by: Puja Menon
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