After Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah, Gopal Krishna Gandhi also refused, meeting again today
New Delhi After NCP president Sharad Pawar and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, Gopal Krishna Gandhi also rejected the candidature for the presidency, creating a dilemma for the opposition. Opposition parties are meeting on Tuesday to select a unanimous candidate and a search will be held for a new potential candidate.
Last week, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee convened a meeting of 16 opposition leaders in Delhi. Mamata Banerjee had suggested the names of Farooq Abdullah and Gopal Krishna Gandhi after Sharad Pawar refused to contest in the meeting. However, Abdullah had refused to contest the presidential election, saying he would remain active in Jammu and Kashmir. Opposition parties had hoped for the approval of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopal Krishna Gandhi, but he too refused. Gandhi’s name is also said to have been objected to by some parties. In 2017, Gopal Krishna Gandhi had contested for the post of Vice President against Venkaiah Naidu, but he was defeated. Opposition parties can win the presidential election only if the YSR Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti and Biju Janata Dal support the opposition. If he is not sure of victory, he will have to accept defeat again, which is also said to be the reason behind Gandhi’s refusal. Mamata Banerjee will not be present at Tuesday’s meeting of the Opposition and Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee will represent the party. In the last meeting, Sharad Pawar and Mallikarjun Kharge were given the responsibility of communicating with the regional parties and discussions were held with non-BJP parties in this regard. June 29 is the last day to file nominations. Therefore, the opposition will have to select a candidate within a week.
Consensus at the national level and unity of the opposition is essential- Gandhi
New Delhi: Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi has rejected the opposition’s candidature for the presidency of the United Front. He said there was a need for consensus at the national level and unity among the opposition parties in selecting candidates for the post. In a statement issued here today, the 77-year-old Gandhi said, “It is an honor for me that so many leaders of the Opposition have considered their candidature for the upcoming Presidential election.” I am grateful to them. After much deliberation on this proposal, I felt that there should be a consensus among the opposition on the name of the Opposition candidate for the presidency but there should also be a consensus on him at the national level.