Published: Wed, July 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Opposition picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its nominee for upcoming vice-presidential elections

Opposition picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its nominee for upcoming vice-presidential elections

Opposition parties have choosen Mahatma's grandson and former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi as there candidate for the post of vice president.

Gandhi was the only name discussed when 18 opposition parties held a meeting in the Parliament to decide on their candidate for the vice presidential poll. "If BJP would have opted for an intellectual candidate, they would have gone with someone like Gopalkrishna Gandhi", Sen added. The Congress President also intimated that several opposition leaders have already spoken to Gopalkrishna and he has given his consent for the candidature.

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He said the opponents of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resorted to tactics while choosing their Presidential candidate rather than sticking to their principles while deciding the candidature.

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The sources said that after the opposition lost out in announcing its candidate to the ruling NDA, it might declare its candidate tomorrow before the ruling alliance does. 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.

While the Presidential Poll is scheduled for July 17, the Vice-Presidential Poll has been scheduled for August 5. Gandhi also served as Ambassador of India in Iceland.

The Vice-Presidential election will take place on August 5 and votes will be counted the same evening, according to a notification from the Election Commission. "He wanted to ensure that all parties have endorsed him name and he was graceful to have accepted our request", O'Brien said.

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. The Secretary General of Rajya Sabha is the returning officer for the polls.

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