Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's Grandson, Possible Oppn's Pick For President: Report

Presidential Elections 2022: Quoting sources, news agency PTI reported that several opposition leaders spoke to Gopalkrishna Gandhi over the phone, urging him to become their joint candidate for the post of President.

By Aalok Sensharma
Wed, 15 Jun 2022 12:11 PM IST
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Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's Grandson, Possible Oppn's Pick For President: Report
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New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: As the opposition parties continue their efforts to unite and declare a joint candidate for the Presidential election 2022, many of them have reached out to Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, as a possible choice.

Quoting sources, news agency PTI reported that several opposition leaders spoke to Gandhi over the phone, urging him to become their joint candidate for the post of President.

Gandhi, who served as governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009, has sought some time and is expected to give his reply by Wednesday. However, opposition leaders are hopeful of a "positive" reply from Gandhi.

In 2017, 77-year-old Gandhi was an opposition candidate for the post of vice president but had lost the election to M Venkaiah Naidu. According to PTI, Gandhi could emerge as the consensus opposition candidate for the top post as there already was consensus on his name in the last vice-presidential election.

Sharad Pawar unlikely to be Oppn's candidate for Presidential polls

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday met Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi ahead of the latter's meeting with several opposition leaders to discuss presidential polls.

During the meeting, which was also attended by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI general secretary D Raja, Mamata reportedly urged Pawar to become the opposition's joint candidate for Presidential polls, an offer rejected by the 81-year-old Maratha strongman.

"I have been informed that Pawar will not be the opposition's face for the presidential poll. Other names are under consideration," Yechury was quoted as saying by PTI.

The presidential elections will take place on July 18 and the results will be declared on July 21.

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