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The former Lok Sabha Speaker, daughter of Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram whom the opposition chose to counter BJP's Dalit card, has pitted the fight for the Presidential post as an "ideological" battle which she is "not fighting to lose". "I will start from there", said Kumar briefing media here, a day ahead of filing her nomination papers.

"Democratic values, inclusiveness, social justice, freedom of the press, transparency end of poverty, destruction of caste structure are some of those cherished values which form important component of this ideology. For this very reason in coming election, this will be the plank on which I will contest", she claimed.

Asked about caste bias within opposition parties with Mayawati saying she would support only if a popular Dalit candidate was chosen, Kumar said: "This is the election to the highest position in the land". To allegations of financial impropriety, she said these were baseless and all issues were settled earlier.

He said the JD (U) had made a decision to extend support to NDA nominee in the Presidential election only after giving a serious thought to it. In case of dalits, she said the other aspects of one's personality are completely blanked out. The achievements and qualities of the candidates were not discussed, but their caste was.

In a statement on Saturday, she stressed that the post of President of India was "not symbolic" and that "capability and experience must always supersede every other consideration" while choosing the person for the post.

"This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition", Sushma Swaraj tweeted, along with an April 2013 video of the Lok Sabha proceedings during the Budget Session.

Reiterating on the same, Kumar said it is shameful if even one such incident of violence against Dalits or weaker sections take place in today's time. "Such acts are hurting our constitution", she added.

The Twitter handle of the Indian National Congress, reminded Swaraj of the kind words she had said to Kumar in the speech.


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