- Meira Kumar said transparency, fight to end caste system 'under threat'
- Ms Kumar told Tamil Nadu lawmakers she is fighting an ideological battle
- She said she is honoured by the trust the parties have shown in her
She said the collegium members should only listen to "their inner voice and conscience" and act. "This is my request to everyone," Ms Kumar said.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Working President MK Stalin and his party's legislators; MPs TK Rangarajan of CPI (M) and D Raja of CPI; Congress MLAs and leaders participated in the meeting with Ms Kumar.
Besides DMK's 89 MLAs, Congress's eight and Indian Union Muslim League's one MLA, Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK (Amma) ally M Thamimun Ansari has pledged support to Ms Kumar. The DMK has four Rajya Sabha MPs; CPI and CPI (M) have one MP each from Tamil Nadu in the Rajya Sabha.
Ms Kumar said she was honoured by the trust the 17 parties led by the Congress have shown in her. "This opposition unity is inspired by the value system which we all hold so dear," she said, adding she has dedicated her life for the cause of the poor and the "suppressed" sections of society.
Ms Kumar said the Congress was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts to ensure the dignity of Dalits, tribals and the poor. "My battle is to ensure their right and dignity... I am also fighting for all of you because we are pained to see that lately the voice which used to come out so strongly in the press is not coming out," she said.
Ms Kumar later visited M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai. She is scheduled to visit Puducherry tomorrow.
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