AIMIM to vote for Meira Kumar in prez polls

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MIM has chose to support Meira Kumar, the Presidential Candidate of the Opposition in the elections tomorrow.

Bhubaneswar: State Congress leaders on Sunday held a meeting at the residence of Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra here and discussed about the presidential election scheduled for Monday.

The interactive session, the sources say, will see Meira Kumar, the Opposition's presidential nominee, and Gandhi, its vice-presidential candidate, make their presentations before them.

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"The rumours that NCP MPs and MLAs are voting for the NDA presidential candidate are false". Our relation with Meira Kumar is very old and she will also be there.

If MIM abstains from the Presidential poll, it may not cause any major damage to Meira Kumar, but it could be a setback to the Congress which is trying to sew up a grand "secular" alliance against the ruling BJP-led NDA coalition. Former Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumanth Rao expressed doubt that the MIM might be trying to please the ruling TRS by snubbing Meira Kumar.

AAP leader and former chief whip of the party in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that the party has made a decision to vote in favour of Meira Kumar in the presidential election. I myself met Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the Opposition's vice-president candidate and conveyed to him that, in the wake of the current situation it won't be good for us to attend a meeting called by the Opposition. The Opposition expects 90 plus votes in favour of Meira Kumar. We have MP, seven MLAs from Telangana and two MLAs from Maharashtra.