We must fight for the most suppressed: Meira Kumar

Sonia Gandhi

"The RSS-led BJP government leads from the front in all these anti-people activities", he said.Joining him was opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, who said Meira Kumar was the symbol of the secular fabric of the country.

OPPOSITION candidate Meira Kumar on Thursday launched her presidential election campaign from Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram here and said her fight is for take forward the ideology of the Father of the Nation.

Talking to reporters after meeting the legislators of the ruling Congress and its ally, the DMK, jointly at a star hotel in Puducherry, she said, "I have written to members of the collegium - all MPS and MLAs of every state and party seeking their support to my candidature in the forthcoming presidential poll". She will also seek support from Left party leaders and interact with editors of various media groups, prominent personalities and intellectuals late in the afternoon. The DMK also has four Rajya Sabha MPs and CPI and CPI (M) have one RS MP each from Tamil Nadu. "I am sorry to say that all the 17 opposition parties [who have supported her] feel that these principles are now in danger, under serious threat", she said.

Accompanied by state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Shankarsinh Vaghela, she spent around 45 minutes at the ashram.

"I wish prosperity for the people of Gujarat and especially those who are marginalized", she said. She said Tamil Nadu is a state that has fought for ideals such as social justice, and credited DMK chief M Karunanidhi for upholding such "great values".

Ms Kumar said the Congress was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts to ensure the dignity of Dalits, tribals and the poor.

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