Oppn picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi as candidate for Vice-Prez polls

Mamata congratulates ex-Guv of Bengal
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NEW DELHI
11 Jul 2017

Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the Opposition's pick for the post of vice president, sources said today.

Gandhi's name was the only name discussed when 18 Opposition parties met today to decide on their candidate for the vice presidential poll, the sources said. The JD-U, which had broken ranks with the opposition over the Presidential poll, also attended the meeting which chose Mahatma Gandhi's grandson to be its nominee for vice president. While Sharad Yadav represented the JD-U, other leaders at the meeting included Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, TMC's Derek O' Brien, CPM's Sitaram Yechury, NC's Omar Abdullah, SP's Naresh Agarwal and BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra.

"The leaders of 18 Opposition parties got together to decide on the Vice-Presidential candidate. All of them spoke in support of Gopal Gandhi and have decided to field him as their joint candidate for the Vice-Presidential election. We spoke to him, after which he has agreed to be the joint opposition candidate for the post of vice president of India," the Congress president said after the meeting. After leaders of all parties unanimously picked the 72- year-old for the post, Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, Derek O'Brien and Yechury talked to him over the telephone to seek his consent. "He asked for 10-15 minutes to consider (the offer) after which he was again called on the telephone and he agreed to be the candidate for Vice-President of India. "He actually expressed his gratitude to all the leaders who met here to decide on his candidature," Gandhi said. Polling for the Vice-President's post will take place on August 5 if required. The votes will be counted the same evening.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today congratulated Gandhi on being unanimously chosen as a candidate for the post of Vice-President by all Opposition parties. "Congratulations to Gopal Gandhi Ji for being unanimous choice of all Oppn parties for Vice-President. His credentials are his biggest asset," Mamata tweeted.