Gopal Krishna Gandhi named opposition's candidate for Vice President's election

Eye On Nitish Kumar Opposition Picks Gopalkrishna Gandhi For Vice-President

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Gopalkrishna Gandhi on being selected as a candidate for the post of Vice President by all opposition parties.

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.

Ahead of the vice-presidential elections on August 5, Opposition parties led by UPA picked Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi as their candidate.

The opposition parties announced their choice before the NDA revealed their pick, unlike during the selection of the presidential candidate, in which they lost the first-mover advantage.

Gandhi had said the Nandigram attacks - when police fired at farmers in 2007 in the then Left-ruled state - had filled him with "cold horror", prompting the Left to describe the then governor as bipartisan. Gandhi, 72, a retired IAS officer and diplomat, asked for 15 minutes to make a final decision on the offer, after consulting his family members. "He actually expressed his gratitude to all the leaders who met here to decide on his candidature", Sonia Gandhi added. 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.

The Opposition has chosen Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its nominee for the upcoming vice-presidential election, sources told PTI. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was the first to call Gandhi, followed by TMC leader Derek O' Brien, and CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury. He also served as High Commissioner to South Africa in 1996, where he earned a popular repute, as reported by the Outlook.

The Opposition floor management for the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which starts on 17 July, was also on agenda.

Senior leaders present during the meeting said there was a clamour among those present to propose Gandhi's name.

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