Mahatma Gandhi’s Grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Oppn’s Choice for Presidential Elections: Sources

Leftist parties have suggested the name of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, for the upcoming presidential elections.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

Leftist parties have suggested the name of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, for the upcoming presidential elections. He sought time to ponder the question. Sources said that the leftist parties when meeting with Sharad Pawar on Tuesday suggested the name of the former governor of West Bengal. Pawar was not opposed to the suggestion. His name will probably be proposed at today’s meeting.

Speaking to India Today, Gopalakrishna Gandhi said: “I was asked if I would consider being such a candidate if a consensus was built around my name. I said I needed time to consider this important suggestion.”

He further added, “Consultations between all parties concerned are ongoing. It would be premature to say more at this stage.”

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Gandhi was the opposition’s consensus candidate for Vice President of India in 2017 but lost to Venkaiah Naidu in the election.

The 77-year-old former bureaucrat has also served as India’s high commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called a meeting of various opposition parties to deliberate over the opposition’s choice of presidential candidate.

Some leaders have proposed the name of NCP boss Sharad Pawar, but the veteran the chef refused to contest.

The election to elect a successor to incumbent Ram Nath Kovind would be held on July 18.

Kovind defeated joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the last presidential election.

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