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Opposition picks Gopal Krishna Gandhi as its Vice President nominee

January 21 2018, 12:18 | Irvin Gilbert

Opposition picks Gopal Krishna Gandhi as its Vice President nominee

Oppn's VP Candidate Gopal Gandhi The Man Who Outgrew The Mahatma's Shadow

Though the BJP-led coalition enjoys the support of more than 500 members in the 785-member collegium for the Vice-President election, the Opposition on Tuesday chose to field the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for the post.

"Gopalkrishna Gandhi has agreed to be the opposition's candidate for vice president", India's main opposition Congress party's chief Sonia Gandhi said after chairing a joint meet of leaders of 17 opposition parties in the national capital.

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".

The meeting was chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and was attended by other opposition parties, including Left parties.

Since the NDA is yet to announce their candidate for the vice president's post, if they reach a consensus with the Opposition on their choice, an election would not be required.

The Opposition has chosen Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its nominee for the upcoming vice-presidential election, sources told PTI.

The Opposition parties that came together to field Meira Kumar for President are determined to continue all efforts to maintain unity among themselves. Senior leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sitaram Yechury contacted Gopalkrishna Gandhi to convey him the decision.

He was the secretary to the vice-president from 1985 to 1987, joint secretary to president from 1987 to 1992 and secretary to president in 1997.

Polling and counting of votes for the vice president's post will take place on August 5.

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

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