Vice-Presidential election: Gopalkrishna Gandhi writes to both AIADMK factions seeking support

This development comes nearly three days after 18 political parties arrived at an ‘informal consensus’ over choosing Gopalkrishna Gandhi as the Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2017 9:19 pm
Gopalkrishna gandhi, gopal gandhi, Vice presidential elections, vice presidential poll, Opposition vice president candidate Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi at the Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi. Express photo by RAVI KANOJIA.

Opposition Vice-Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi wrote to both the factions of AIADMK on Friday seeking their support for him. This comes nearly three days after 18 political parties arrived at an ‘informal consensus’ over choosing Gopalkrishna Gandhi as the Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate. The reasons which prompted all 18 parties to sign the proposals in favour of him – apart from his surname – were the facts that he has never been in active politics and, his current city of residence is Chennai.

“In a letter that I have written to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, I have requested the support of the Members of Parliament from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam to my candidature for the office of the Vice President of India. “In a similar letter that I have written to the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam, I have made a similar request, recalling the privilege that I had, as an IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, of serving under the late Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR and his kindnesses to me,” Gandhi said in a statement.

Gandhi said he has also met DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and thanked him for joining the parties in proposing his name. He also said Anbumani Ramadoss of PMK has assured him of his party’s support.

Meanwhile, the former bureaucrat told a media briefing on Wednesday that he doesn’t 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.” The Indian Express had 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.

(With PTI inputs)

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    yeddi
    Jul 15, 2017 at 3:34 am
    You want a politician as a president and Vice President but chose a bear ovart as Vice President candidate
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    Krish
    Jul 15, 2017 at 3:21 am
    People are tired of hearing that 18 parties selected so and so and this and that. But who are these parties. Many of them are either single leader parties with their family members as Party men or name board parties. With their fancy ideas of secularism and appea t as vote catching devices and destructive backward looking policies they have a rare chance of succeeding in the present scenario when according to reports, Modi enjoys trust of 73 of the population. Such rag tag combination is very unlikely to disturb a Person who appears to be standing like a colossus in the Indian politics right now. Krish
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    Surya Prakash Sharma
    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:05 am
    THANKS TO HINDU GODS AFTER TOO LONG A SLUMBER THEY HAVE WOKEN UP AND WORKING IN FAVOUR OF LONG-DENIED HINDUS THEIR DUES BY GIVING THEM TOTAL CONTROL OF THE LAND UNDER MODI JI THEIR BELOVED SON. A RARE OCCASION IN CENTURIES.
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