MIM may abstain from Prez poll

MIM may abstain from Prez poll

"Earlier also, the members had exercised their conscience during the presidential contest between Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and V V Giri", she told the Congress lawmakers.

The opposition's presidential nominee, Meira Kumar, today met the Congress MPs and MLAs from Himachal Pradesh and urged them to use their "conscience" while voting in the July 17 election to the country's top constitutional post. At the same time, MIM do not want to be seen supporting Congress and so the party says it is supporting the candidate of the 16 Opposition Parties.

Voting for presidential election is underway in Punjab and Haryana. MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi will chair the meeting where all its seven MLAs will be present. "Our party is supporting Meira Kumar and there will be no cross-voting", Khaira siad. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has directed the local unit to maintain party affiliations and sent AICC observer Siddharth Patel to negotiate between the MLAs and PCC members here.

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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.

The Congress and NCP in their meeting also said that like minded parties such as CPM, Samajwadi Party, Peasants and Workers Party and MIM will vote for the UPA nominee Meira Kumar. Former Rajya Sabha member V. Hanumanth Rao expressed doubt that the MIM might be trying to please the ruling TRS by snubbing Meira Kumar.

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