C Times, 8th July 2017, Agartala
Meira Kumar, Congress-led Opposition presidential nominee on Saturday said her fight is for ideology and she strongly believes in the age-old Indian tradition of respecting one is own religion and other religions with the same intensity.
The Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters in Patna on the final day of Kumar three-days visit to Bihar who is her birthplace, she said that “Yehi Meri janambhumi hai, I am proud of it.”
She also said “Yeh vichardhara ki ladai hai, mere liye yehi ahi. Opposition unity is based on ideology and ideas.”
Leaving for Ranchi to a campaign, she said that in India since ancient times people used to respect their own religion and at the same time respect other religions. It is an age-old tradition of our country.
Meira Kumar entered electoral politics in 1985 and was elected from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, defeating political heavyweights like Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati, two powerful Dalit leaders. She served in the Congress-led Govt. as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2001 to 2009.
Meira Kumar was born in Arrah District, Bihar to the former Deputy Prime Minister and prominent Dalit leader.
Earlier, Meira Kumar, Congress-led Opposition presidential nominee visited her native village Chandwa in Bhojpur District where she garlanded the statue of her father Babu Jagjivan Ram on Friday.