Congress candidate for the Presidential post of India, Meera Kumar has started her election campaign from Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram with the vow to take forward the ideology of the Father of the Nation.
Kumar will contest against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential election.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also travelled the ashram to mark its anniversary. The ashram was established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917 and from here he led the Indian Independence movement.
Along with state Congress leaders Bharatsinh Solanki and Shankarsinh Vaghela, Meera Kumar spent around 40 minutes in the ashram.
Launching her campaign,Kumar said, “The battle which I am fighting at present is for the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi. We have to take forward the ideology of Gandhi.”
Adding that coming to the ashram gave her peace, the 72-year-old Congress veteran said, “I have come to gain some power from this place. I spent some time at the ‘Hriday Kunj’, Gandhiji’s home in the ashram. I have gained lot of energy today to take forward this battle,”
“I wish prosperity for the people of Gujarat and especially those who are marginalised,” she said.
She also tried her hands on the spinning wheel in the ashram.
Talking about the “Dalit versus Dalit” fight,she said, “The election is 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 the world.That is why I have come here to make the people realise that we fight for our ideologies.”
Kumar is scheduled to meet state Congress leaders later today.