Opposition vice presidential candidate Margaret Alva files nomination papers | #students | #parents

Margaret Alva, the Opposition’s candidate for vice-presidential election, filed her nomination Tuesday, after which she said winning and losing is a part of life and that the Opposition’s fight is to uphold the pillars of democracy, strengthen the institutions, and for an India that belongs to “each and every one of us.”

“We fight for what is important to us: to uphold the pillars of democracy, to strengthen our institutions, and for an India that is ‘Saare Jahan se Accha’, that belongs to each and every one of us,” she said.

Alva was accompanied by senior opposition leaders when she filed the nomination papers. Among them were Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, CPI’s D Raja, RJD’s Manoj Jha, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, MDMK’s Vaiko and RSP’s N K Premachandran.
Margaret Alva files her nomination papers for the vice presidential elections in the presence of Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechury and Mallikarjun Kharge. (Express Photo)
Thanking the leaders from the Opposition for the faith they have reposed in her, Alva said it was a privilege and honour to be nominated as the candidate of the joint opposition for the post of Vice-President and she accepted the nomination with great humility.

“I believe this nomination is an acknowledgement, by the united opposition, of the over 50 years I have spent in public life, as a member of both houses of Parliament, a union minister, a Governor, a proud representative of India at the United Nations and on other global platforms, and as a fearless champion of women’s rights and the rights of underprivileged and marginalised groups and communities across the length and breadth of our great nation.”

“Over these 50 years, I have worked for my country with integrity, courage and commitment, my only obligation: to serve without fear, the Constitution of India,” she said.

The joint support from the Opposition parties to support her candidature, she said, is a metaphor of the reality that is India.

“We come from various corners of this great country, speak different languages, and follow different religions and customs. Our unity, in our diversity, is our strength,” she said.

Arguing that the fight is for an India that belongs to all, she said, “An India where there is respect for all – for the farmer in the field, the Asha nurse in the village, the small town kirana store owner, the student in college, the office worker, the unemployed youth, the housewife, the worker in the factory, the journalist, the government officer, the jawan at the border, the entrepreneur and so many more.”

“I have spent my life fulfilling my commitments, with integrity and courage. Elections do not frighten me – winning and losing is a part of life. However, it is my belief that the goodwill, trust, and affection of members across party lines in both Houses of Parliament that I have earned will see me through, and continue to guide me as one who works to bring people together, to find common solutions and helps build a strong and united India,” she said.

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