OPPOSITION PARTIES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MEIRA KUMAR LAUNCHED HER CAMPAIGN FROM SABARMATI ASHRAM :

Meira Kumar, the opposition’s presidential candidate, launched her campaign from the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad today in the presence of Gujarat Congress leaders. Kumar, who arrived in Ahmedabad yesterday, visited the ashram this morning and then met Congress MLAs at the party headquarters in the Paldi area, said Gujarat Congress spokesperson Himanshu Patel.  Sabarmati Ashram was home to Mahatma Gandhi from 1917 to 1930.  Upon her arrival at the airport, Kumar, who will contest against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential poll, said it was a “battle of ideologies” and not a “Dalit versus Dalit” fight. “Attempts are being made by some to project the election as a Dalit versus Dalit fight. It was from Gujarat that the ideology of Gandhiji spread across the country and world. That is why I have come here to make the people realise that we fight for our ideologies,” she told reporters. After meeting the Congress MLAs today, Kumar will interact with the media in the afternoon, said Patel.   It was at the Sabarmati Ashram yesterday, that PM Narendra Modi hit out at gau rakshaks and said violence in the name of protecting cattle was unacceptable.   Rediff.com : 30th. June,17

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