Opposition Chooses Gandhi's Grandson As Nominee For Vice President

Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalchari and former West Bengal Governor, was on Tuesday unanimously chosen as the joint opposition candidate for the vice presidential election scheduled on August 5.

While serving as the Governor of Bengal from 2004 to 2009, he "travelled incognito" and gained respect for admonishing Nandigram struggle, in West Bengal. However, Nitish Kumar has chose to skip the meeting.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was conspicuously absent at the meeting although he did send a representative of his party JD (U) in the form of Sharad Yadav. The opposition has not formalised the name of any vice-presidential candidate yet. News agency PTI reported quoting sources that Gandhi to be opposition's nominee for vice president. Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, is national leader of a local political party called Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM).

Playing all the cards right, and maintaining his own legacy, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former administrator, also said that commenting his election to be the vice-presidential candidate would be "speculative".

In Indian politics there isn't a bigger brand name than that of Mahatma Gandhi. The 71year-old served as Secretary to Vice-President of India and Joint Secretary to President of India during service.

He now teaches history and politics at the Ashoka University.

Gopalkrishna Gandhis name was endorsed by all 18 opposition parties, including the JD (U), which had broken ranks with the opposition to back NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election.

The process of filing of nominations for the vice presidential poll started on 4th of this month and will end on the 18th. The last date for withdrawal of nomination is July 21. He won a second term on August 11, 2012.

  • Jon Douglas