Gopalkrishna Gandhi To Be Opposition’s Vice-Presidential Candidate
New Delhi: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former IAS officer and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be the joint opposition candidate for the forthcoming Vice-Presidential elections.
The election has been necessitated with the retirement of incumbent Hamid Ansari on August 10. The last date for filing the nomination for the Vice-Presidential poll is July 18.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi was earlier tipped to be Presidential candidate of the opposition, but he got pipped by Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and daughter of late Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram, and freedom fighter Indrani Devi.
The name of Gopalkrishna Gandhi was finalised at a meeting of 18 Opposition parties in Delhi on Tuesday. Interestingly, Sharad Yadav, senior leader of the JD (United), was also present at the meeting. JD (U) is supporting the BJP candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, in the Presidential election that precedes the Vice-Presidential poll. The parties present at the opposition meeting included Congress, SP, RJD, NCP, CPI, CPM, National Conference, Trinamul Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.
Born in 1946, Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi, a former IAS officer, had served as the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009. He had also worked as the Indian High Commissioner at South Africa and Sri Lanka, apart from holding other administrative and diplomatic positions.
Ruling BJP has not yet decided on its candidate for the Vice-President. It is expected to do so in a couple of days.
Election for the post of Vice-President will be held on August 4.