In the run-up to the presidential poll, National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind, now former Bihar Governor filed his nomination papers for the upcoming elections for the next President of India in Parliament on Friday. Significantly, the Opposition unanimously selected former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday as its candidate.
While the election for the next President of India will be held on July 17 and the counting will take place on July 20 The Indian Express, a veteran Indian media house, ran a controversial poll on Twitter asking:
Is the Opposition right in contesting the Presidential election?
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) June 23, 2017
Within minutes, Twitter imploded with reactions targeting the media house for the controversial question. Many expressed their shocked and anger calling it ‘unethical’, ‘un-democratic’:
Is Indian Express right in asking this question?
— Harish (@busyintweeting) June 23, 2017
Last I checked we were still a democracy. Do independent news outlets exist in India anymore?
— Sabhya Kapur (@sabhya_kapur) June 23, 2017
R u drunk??
— Mohammed Abdeali (@MohammedAbdeali) June 23, 2017
What a bizarre ques is this!!! Selection of President of India is not selection of President of ruling party. Is media going dumb or what?!
— M S Rana⚓ (@ms_rana) June 23, 2017
If India is yet not turned into Afghanistan then yes https://t.co/yL3AWwYRd6
— Honest Liar™ (@Hones8Liar) June 23, 2017
The Opposition has a right to contest the Presidential election. Why the hell are you asking a loaded and pol motivtd questn?
— Madhumita Mazumdar (@mmazumdar2014) June 23, 2017
Notably, there were also people who reacted in a slightly different manner:
No. Atleast good to c some asking this question
— #opaadhaar (@aadharscam) June 23, 2017
And giving Such a tainted lady for presidential Candidate is not less then Crime pic.twitter.com/gLlccwip4D
— RUPESH ?? (@rupeshsingh10) June 23, 2017