Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Joint Candidate Of Opposition?
New Delhi: The effort of the opposition parties to field a joint candidate in the upcoming Presidential elections appears to be succeeding. The candidate they chose is none other than the former diplomat and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Reports say that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury spoke to him. Gandhi is also said to have the backing of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
A lot of effort was put in by the opposition parties to field a common candidate. Things speeded up once Sonia Gandhi entered the scene and contacted parties and their leaders to come together for Presidential elections. Whoever the joint candidate be, the credit for the effort goes to Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, speculation is that the NDA might nominate Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu for the top post. However, till recently the name of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was also doing rounds.
Though Gopal Krishna Gandhi told media that he was contacted by Sonia and Yechury, he said that it was only a preliminary round of talk.
Name of former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is also doing rounds as she has all the qualifications – a woman, Dalit and was well versed with the proceedings of Parliament. Since Congress is said to be sensitive towards women and Dalits, everyone was expecting the name of Meira Kumar. Sources say since many opposition parties were against the proposal, the name is not hyped.
Son of Mahatma’s youngest son Devdas Gandhi, Gopal Krishna in 1997 took up the position of Secretary to the President of India. Later he became the Governor of West Bengal in 2004 and was also Governor of Bihar (Additional charge) for six months.