Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Presidential election 2017: Gopal Krishna Gandhi to file nomination on July 18

Presidential election 2017: Gopal Krishna Gandhi to file nomination on July 18

BJP vice presidential candidate: In what came as a surprise for many, Bhartiya Janata Party has taken an abnormal delay in announcing their candidate for vice-presidential elections to be held on 5 August. This is on account of the numbers stacked in its favour. "They should heed it in the best interest of the country and for the future of the country".

The contest is between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind and candidate of several major opposition parties Meira Kumar, who was former Lok Sabha Speaker.

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The Opposition earlier named Gandhi as its candidate for the post of next Vice-President of India. Gopaldas is a grandson of Mahatama Gandhi and has served as a governor of West Bengal. He has spoken out whenever an occasion demanded - be it the partisan role of the CBI, which he has described as "a government hatchet", or mob violence in the name of cow protection. Moreover the party wants a candidate who is capable of running the Rajya Sabha where the BJP has had its fair share of problems.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut brought a scathing attack on Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the Opposition- nominated candidate for the vice presidential poll, by reminding that the latter was the one who had opposed the hanging of terrorist Yakub Memon. A meeting of the parliamentary board is expected today evening.

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The former BJP president, who now holds two portfolios in the Union Cabinet, though is more keen on continuing in active politics, a report in the prominent Telugu daily Eenadu said on Monday morning. Interestingly, as the Tamil Nadu's ruling party the AIADMK will find it hard to oppose Gopal Gandhi as he is half Tamil and made Chennai his home after demitting public office.

The BJP and allies have a clear majority to get their candidate elected and yet Gopal Gandhi agreed to contest as a matter of principle.

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