Mahatma's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi is Oppn's choice for Vice-President

Gopal Krishna Gandhi

Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, who chaired the 18-party meeting, was quoted as saying by media that Gopalkrishna Gandhi has agreed to be the candidate for the vice-presidential election. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, the last governor general of India.

Gandhi, who started his career with the IAS cadre in 1968, was the governor of West Bengal during the most tumultuous years of the state in recent history.

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The NDA, meanwhile, is yet to announce its candidate for the post of Vice-President. News agency PTI reported quoting sources that Gandhi to be opposition's nominee for vice president. In choosing Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition parties have managed to keep their unity intact.

The opposition on Tuesday named Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate for the August 5 Vice Presidential election. He has also been the Secretary to the Vice President from 1985 to 1987, Joint Secretary to President from 1987 to 1992 and Secretary to President in 1997.

Around 18 non-NDA parties are expected to attend Tuesday's meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Parliament Library. There was some heartburn within a section of the Opposition over the manner in which the Congress had chosen one of their own, Meira Kumar, as the presidential candidate.

In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP as of now has 56 members, while the Congress with 59 is the single largest party. "If BJP would have opted for an intellectual candidate, they would have gone with someone like Gopalkrishna Gandhi", Sen added.

Married to Tara Gandhi and father of two daughters, he was earlier secretary to the Governor of Tamil Nadu, to the Vice President and to the President of India.

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

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