Terming the ongoing Presidential polls as a "battle of ideology", Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on 17 July requested the member of collegiums to pay heed to their conscience and take a decision in the best interest of the country. Sources in the MIM told The Sunday Guardian that the party might abstain from the election to prove that it is equidistant from both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress.
MIM will also back Opposition's Gopalakrishna Gandhi for the Vice President. MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi will chair the meeting where all its seven MLAs will be present.
Meanwhile, All India Congress Committee (AICC) directed to maintain party affiliations and has sent AICC observer Siddharth Patel to look upon the difference in opinion between the MLAs and PCC members here. It, however, did no cast its vote in 2007 as Ms. Pratibha Patil, UPA's Presidential candidate was mired in controversy over her comments on Abaya or traditional wear of Muslim women. MIM has distanced with Congress during the last elections and at the same time could not support BJP's Candidate, Ram Nath Kovind who has RSS backing.
The leaders unanimously pledged their support for the UPA's candidate Meira Kumar.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had invited all Congress MLAs for a breakfast meet to ensure that everyone remains on the same page regarding presidential election.