Headline- The UPA announced Smt. Meira Kumar as its Presidential candidate.
The plot thickens and now there seems to be a level playing field in respect of the caste politics involved is concerned. The UPA, headed by the Indian National Congress, announced Smt. Meira Kumar, the former Lok Sabha Speaker and a five-time Lok Sabha MP and an out and out Lutyen’s politician, who is also the daughter of the prominent Dalit Leader, former Deputy Prime Minister, and Freedom Fighter Shri.Jagjivan Ram, as its candidate for the Presidential Elections to be held soon.
Meira Kumar is also a seasoned politician who has proved her mettle by being a part of the Union Cabinet for quite a while. Pitting her against Shri. Ramnath Kovind has made the job of the allies tough since they will now go into a frenzy as to whom to extend their support to, which would also be presumed as a signal in the political arena.
This is a cunning move by the UPA which symbolically begins the tug of war as to which Dalit is bigger. This is also a move to make the UPA allies reconsider their support to the presidential candidate. We could expect a few change of minds as a result of this nomination.
As for Smt.Meira Kumar is concerned, she does not seem to be an equal match for the NDA’s candidate, especially when it comes to her privileged upbringing and Lutyen’s loyalty.
Also, the inability and reluctance of the UPA to look beyond Dynasty politics are becoming loud and clear, given the other name under consideration was Shri.Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi surname bodes well with the sentiment of the party.
Smt. Meira Kumar seems to have earned this nomination as a prize for her unswerving loyalty towards the Nehru-Gandhi family. Also, it would be possible for her to claim the ‘Woman’ card and the ‘Dalit’ card together and stir up the support of the allies of the UPA.
But, in all honesty, the possibility of her getting elected looks bleak, now that most parties have vowed their allegiance to Shri.Kovind and have got into the good books of the ruling alliance, the NDA. Nobody would want to lose that advantage now, would they?