Vice President election 2017

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

The Opposition parties had unanimously chose to appeal to Gandhi to be their candidate for the post of the vice-president of India.

“The leaders of 18 opposition parties got together to decide on the Vice Presidential candidate.

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".

Around 18 non-NDA parties are expected to attend Tuesday's meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Parliament Library.

TMC's O'Brien was the first to propose the name of Gopalkrishna Gandhi's name, followed by BSP's Misra, CPI-M's Yechury and others.

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.


"Congratulations to Gopal Gandhiji for being the unanimous choice of all opposition parties for Vice President". The Opposition may also reach out to the AIADMK, BJD and the YSRCP who had supported the BJP's candidate for the post of President.

Unlike the Presidential election, the opposition parties did not wait for the BJP to announce its candidate.

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

Polling and counting of votes for the vice president's post will take place on August 5. As a former IAS officer and he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka, among other administrative and diplomatic posts.

However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Lalu Prasad Yadav skipped the Opposition meet.

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