Opposition names Gopalkrishna Gandhi as Vice-Presidential candidate

Opposition names Gopalkrishna Gandhi as Vice-Presidential candidate

Opposition names Gopalkrishna Gandhi as Vice-Presidential candidate

Former West Bengal governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Tuesday has been named as the opposition's choice for the post of Vice President election for which, if necessary, is scheduled to be held on August 05. Gandhi's name was the only name discussed by the 18 opposition parties who met today to select their candidate for the vice presidential elections. The Left parties - CPI and CPIM- backed Gandhi's name, and JDU, whose Sharad Yadav was seated beside Congress president Sonia Gandhi, also backed his nomination. The NDA led by the BJP will be naming its candidate by July 13. "The leaders of 18 opposition parties got together to decide on the Vice-Presidential candidate". Unlike in the case of the presidential elections, the opposition appears to have chose to go ahead and announce its candidate thereby putting the onus on the government to come up with a suitable candidate to match Gopalkrishna Gandhi's stature. It was learnt that there is a broad consensus on the person not being from the Congress camp after Meira Kumar's nomination as presidential candidate. Soon after, he called back and conveyed his acceptance of the opposition leaders's decision and thanked them.

Non-Congress opposition parties are not averse to discuss candidature of a contender from the grand old party for the August 5 vice presidential poll, sources said. "There can be no better candidate than Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of Vice President of India".

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Gopal Gandhi's name was proposed by Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien and supported by all the leaders present.

Janata Dal (S) general secretary Danish Ali told The Hindu that it was imperative to take all steps to maintain Opposition unity.

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