Presidential poll: Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Opposition's nominee

India's opposition parties have picked former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is the grandson of pre-independence icon Mahatma Gandhi, as their candidate for vice president of this country.

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.

Born to Mahatma Gandhi's youngest son and C Rajgopalchari's youngest daughter, Gopalkrishna Gandhi went to the New Delhi's legacy college St. Stephen's College to pursue Masters in English Literature.

-In year 2004, Gandhi was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal and completed his five year term.

Please Wait while comments are loading. "He has agreed to be the Opposition's candidate for vice president election", the Congress President announced to the waiting media persons.

While the Presidential Poll is scheduled for July 17, the Vice-Presidential Poll has been scheduled for August 5.

The Opposition's attempt is to claim an edge in the contest as the BJP is yet to come up with a name for the post. All of them spoke in support of Gopal Gandhi and have made a decision to field him as their joint candidate for the Vice Presidential election.

The meeting was chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and was attended by other opposition parties, including Left parties. For the presidential polls, the party is supporting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Gandhi also served as Ambassador of India in Iceland.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the son of Devadas Gandhi and Lakshmi Gandhi, is the younger brother of Rajmohan Gandhi, and the late Ramchandra Gandhi, and Tara Bhattacharjee (Gandhi). He has also been the Secretary to the Vice President from 1985 to 1987, Joint Secretary to President from 1987 to 1992 and Secretary to President in 1997.

Trinamool Congress leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O'Brien proposed Gopalkrishna Gandhi's name in the meeting and it was supported by BSP's Satish Misra, Yechury and then leaders of other parties.

Polling for the vice-president's post will take place on 5 August if required.


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