Opposition picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of vice-president

12 July, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Gopal Krishna Gandhi

Eighteen opposition parties today chose former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their joint candidate for Vice President, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said. Notedly, his party had broken ranks with the opposition over the presidential election.

Gandhi had nearly emerged as the Oppositions Presidential candidate choice but the NDAs nomination of Ramnath Kovind, a Dalit, had forced the joint front of the Congress-led parties to field another prominent Dalit face, Meira Kumar.

Playing all the cards right, and maintaining his own legacy, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former administrator, also said that commenting his election to be the vice-presidential candidate would be "speculative".

While Gandhi's name was also rumoured to be selected for the Opposition's presidential candidate, he lost out to Meira Kumar, a Dalit candidate that was selected to face-off against the NDA's presidential candidate, another Dalit Ram Nath Kovind. Leaders from 18 Opposition parties met at the Parliament House and unanimously picked Gopalkrishna. "He asked for 10-15 minutes to consider (the offer) after which he was again called on the telephone and he agreed to be the candidate for Vice-President of India".

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi, whose maternal grandfather was C Rajagopalachari who was India's last Governor General, has had a long association with South India. "He wanted to ensure that all parties have endorsed him name and he was graceful to have accepted our request", O'Brien said.

The polling for the vice president's post will take place on August 5 and the votes will be counted the same evening.

The parties are also likely to discuss the opposition floor management for the monsoon session of Parliament, which starts on July 17, as it comes in the wake of raids on RJD chief Lalu Yadav.

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