Oppn to field prez nominee

PTI
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Opposition to meet tomorrow to decide on consensus candidate for Prez poll

Hyderabad: A ‘secular’ candidate is the need of the hour for the president’s post and opposition parties would ‘certainly’ field a nominee, CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said on Tuesday.

The BJP on Monday announced Bihar Governor and Dalit activist Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA’s nominee for the top constitutional job. However, the opposition parties seemed not impressed with the government’s decision and sought to keep up the suspense on extending their support. 

“Yes, we are certainly going to have a candidate. We are trying to build a consensus because several parties may have different names. So, of these, who is more acceptable to most of the parties will be decided there,” he told PTI.

The opposition parties are meeting on June 22 to decide on fielding a consensus candidate for the presidential election, he said. The CPI leader said their opposition is not individually to Kovind, but on principles. 

“Our objection is not individually for him. We don’t support anybody either because of his caste or religion or any such thing,” he said.

A “secular” candidate for the president’s post is the need of the hour against the backdrop of attacks on Dalits and minorities since the NDA government assumed office, he said.

“In a situation when there are so many attacks on Dalits and minorities throughout the country, we feel a secular candidate is more important to heal the present injury to the nation,” Reddy said.

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