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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 India Vice-Presidential Election - Mahatma's Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Opposition's Pick for Vice-President

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the opposition's nominee for the post of Vice-president.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Gopalkrishna Gandhi's was the only name discussed when 18 opposition parties met to decide on their candidate for the vice presidential elections.

"The 18 opposition parties have unanimously agreed to field Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their joint candidate for the vice presidential election. We spoke to him. He has agreed to be the joint opposition candidate," the Congress president said after the meeting.

Opposition leaders, including AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and TMC's Derek O'Brien, called the former governor from the meeting to seek his consent.

The JD(U), which had broken ranks with the opposition over the presidential poll, also attended the meeting which chose Mahatma Gandhi's grandson to be its nominee for Vice-president.

While Sharad Yadav represented the JD(U), other leaders at the meeting included Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, NC's Omar Abdullah, SP's Naresh Agarwal and BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra.

Polling will be held on August 5 if required. The votes will be counted the same evening.

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