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Not symbolic, Meira Kumar will give a tough fight: Left leader

A top Left leader on Monday said that Meira Kumar would give a "tough fight" in the Presidential elections, and the Opposition parties would try to reach out to NDA allies to back their joint candidate.

"It's not a symbolic fight, it will be a good, tough fight," General Secretary of Communist Party of India (CPI), Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said.

Of the 10,98,903 votes of the electoral college, "We have already talked to 3.5 lakh to four lakh votes. Political parties' mandate (they cannot issue whip) will not be available. Let's see, what will happen," he said.

"Some of the NDA allies may also vote for us. It will be a tough fight," Reddy said, adding, the opposition parties would "certainly" try to reach out to NDA allies to support Meira Kumar.

He termed as "unfortunate" Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to back the NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

"State (Bihar) politics might have created such a problem, and we have no idea exactly what's the reason for this sudden right-about-turn. Anyway, it's an unfortunate type of development for opposition parties," Reddy said.

The presidential election is scheduled for July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.

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