Presidential election: BJP parliamentary board to decide candidate today

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Earlier today, ongress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday urged the leaders of the opposition parties to extend their support to Meria Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the Presidential and the Vice-Presidential elections. However, she said, "Both of these are, sadly, under siege today".

The Congress and 17 other opposition parties have already chosen Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former West Bengal governor and a retired bureaucrat and diplomat, as their joint candidate. "In these contests, numbers may be against us. But battle must be fought and fought hard". "We must have confidence in the values we believe in", she added.

The Shiv Sena on Monday asked Congress to check it's mental balance for having nominated Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of Vice-President of India.

Addressing a meeting of the Opposition parties here, Sonia termed the presidential and vice presidential elections as a "clash of ideas" and a "conflict of disparate values".

The combined strength of elected members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha make up the electoral college for the office of Vice President and the Modi government enjoys a clear majority in the August five elections.

"There was no way that we would have given the NDA candidate a walkover. and not put up a fight at all". Among the major leaders present at the meet include CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, NCP's Tariq Anwar, Samajwadi Party's Naresh Aggarwal, TMC's Derek O'Brien, BSP's Satish Mishra, along with the representatives of RJD, DMK, JD (S), JMM, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Kerala Congress, IUML and the AIUDF. It is not just about the numbers but the ideology that one represents. Both Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi come with vast experience.

As was the case with its presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit seen as a surprise pick, the party might go for a face that will help it politically. The BJP-led NDA is yet to declare its nominee.

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