Vice-Presidential election: Bitter rivals TMC, Left united on support for Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Published on Jul 12 2017 - - India - -

Putting up a united front, the Opposition announced that Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be their candidate for the Vice Presidential election.

Though the announcement of former Governor’s name was made by Congress President Sonia Gandhi but the proposers of former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s name were Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Left parties.

TMC’s bitter rival, Left parties together penned an unthinkable script of the selection of Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate leaving other parties spellbound.

None of the other Opposition parties, including Congress, gave any other name as a candidate for the Vice-Presidential Poll.

It was a matter of 20 minutes when the consensus was build and the announcement was made by the Opposition.

Interestingly, when Gopal’s name was finalised, it was leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad who spoke to him, while CPI leader D Raja sent him an SMS.

“When we broke the news to him, Gopal replied that whatever is best in the interest of country, he will do,” said Raja.


Names of many retired judges were doing the rounds before the meeting but TMC and Left parties together backed the former West Bengal governor.

“Only Gopal Krishna Gandhi’s name came up. Congress had already said that they will not propose any name. It was TMC’s Derek O Brien who proposed Gopal’s name. It was then backed by leaders of Left parties – Sitaram Yechury and D Raja. It was interesting to see the two arch rivals build up consensus on the same name,” said a senior Congress leader.

Rajya Sabha MP D Raja said, “Gopal Krishna Gandhi stands for certain values which is why we agreed”.

“In view of the current political situation, an ideological battle must happen. Who better than Gopal Krishan Gandhi, a former diplomat and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi?” Sitaram Yechury said.

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