Not a politician, see myself as a citizen candidate: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

On Wednesday, Gopalkrishna Gandhi said he was worried about the future of India. "I'm worried about the future of India in this critical time. But I have faith in institutions of democracy and common sense of Indians," he told media.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 2:44 pm
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A day after 18 political parties arrived at an ‘informal consensus’ over choosing Gopalkrishna Gandhi as the Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate, the former bureaucrat said he does not see himself as a politician. “I am grateful to the 18 opposition parties for having thought of me. I see myself as a citizen candidate. I am not a politician,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The Indian Express earlier reported how the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari had received support from all 18 parties due to his surname and his absence from active politics, among other things.

On Wednesday, Gandhi said he was worried about the future of India. “I’m worried about the future of India in this critical time. But I have faith in institutions of democracy and common sense of Indians,” he told ANI. “There is a mini crisis in India. Crisis of terror, fear and there is also an agrarian crisis.”

Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien had formally proposed Gandhi’s name as a candidate in Tuesday’s meeting of opposition parties. This holds special relevance since the former West Bengal governor had criticised the Left government’s use of forces during the Nandigram struggle. “Was this spilling of human blood not avoidable? What is the public purpose served by the use of force that we have witnessed today?” he had asked.

After the NDA government was voted to power in 2014, Gandhi had written an open letter to PM Narendra Modi saying,“India’s minorities are not a segment of India, they are an infusion in the main. Anyone can burn rope to cinder, no one can take the twist out of it. Bharat mata ki jai, sure, Mr. Modi, but not superseding the compelling urgency of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s clarion — Jai Hind!”

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    Ajayan Thattil
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the best person to hold the post of the President/Vice President of India. See to his accomplishments. Scholarly personality. Apolitical.. let us have him on the right place. He is the eligible candidate to grace the post.
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    1. pramod pagar
      Jul 12, 2017 at 4:51 pm
      One more Gandhi will be in politics to suck blood of Indians. when will they end this Family Dynasty rule.
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        Insaan
        Jul 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm
        Gopalkrishna Gandhi, not just a citizen, I look at you as a good or a bad citizen for the company you keep! You are a bad citizen for you side with the 1885-born Indian Natinal Congress the Mahatma wanted disbanded soon after the so-called independence. If you really worry about India, explain your association with the opposition.
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          Kratik
          Jul 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm
          another blood su cker with Gandhi name. Shame
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            manian
            Jul 12, 2017 at 3:54 pm
            Mr,Gandhi ,though he claims he is not a politician he talks very much like one.Look at the choice of words,very much like our arm chair liberals.NDA will have a tough time in Rajya sabha if their candidate is not elected.He appears certainly prejudiced.An election must be conducted.
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