Oppn names Gandhi for Vice-President

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jul 2017 09:33:35


 

NEW DELHI,

FORMER West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was on Tuesday named the Opposition candidate for the post of Vice-President by the Congress and 17 other parties, including the JD-U, which is backing the BJP candidate in the President’s election.


Setting the stage for a contest with BJP-led NDA, which is expected to announce its nominee soon, Congress President Sonia Gandhi announced the name of Gandhi, a former Indian envoy to South Africa and Sri Lanka, at a meeting of the Opposition parties here at Parliament Library Building chaired by her.


“Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the Opposition candidate for the Vice-Presidential election. We have spoken to him and he has agreed to be the Opposition candidate,” she said with JD-U leader Sharad Yadav seated on her left.
The JD-U had broken ranks with the Opposition and chosen to back Ram Nath Kovind the NDA candidate, in the Presidential election.