President election: Our first choice is Gopal Krishna Gandhi, says Sitaram Yechury before Opposition meeting

Hectic parleys between leaders of non-NDA parties began on Thursday morning, hours ahead of a crucial opposition meeting where they were expected to zero in on a joint candidate for the presidential election

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 5:14 pm
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Ahead of the Opposition meeting over presidential candidate nominee, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said that their first choice will be Gopal Krishna Gandhi. “Our first choice for Presidential candidate is Gopal Krishna Gandhi otherwise Prakash Ambedkar. We’ll discuss in opposition party meeting, Yechury told ANI when asked about the Oppositon’s choice.

Hectic parleys between leaders of non-NDA parties began on Thursday morning, hours ahead of a crucial opposition meeting where they were expected to zero in on a joint candidate for the presidential election.


After the JD-U’s decision to support NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, the Congress stepped up efforts to keep the opposition united as its top brass held discussions with the leaders of a host of other parties

Cracks appeared in the opposition camp after the JD-U’s surprise decision on Wednesday, as its chief Nitish Kumar was the one who had initiated the process for a joint opposition strategy on the issue.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ruling NDA nominated Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind for the top post. The NDA nominee has so far been supported by JD(U), ally Shiv Sena, AIADMK, BJD and TDS, besides other parties. BSP chief Mayawati too has given thumbs up to the NDA choice saying her party stand cannot be negative towards a Dalit nominee for the post of President. “Our stand will be positive provided the Opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post,” Mayawati had said.

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  1. Suresh Deman
    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:07 pm
    Gopal Krishna Gandhi is a better option for the Presidential candidate to distance from Congress and expose Dalit card to promote RSS aganda. Yet another digression from mainstream issues of economic failures....the opposition is a follower than the leader and ended up wth Dalit Card by choosing Meira Kumar as Presidential Candidate..... I wonder where is the ideology in it (is secularism an ideology?) and what the Cons ution, free speech etc., got to do with the common man as people have seen in spite of the Cons utional Amendment to insert word socialism in it during the state of emergency did not render anything to common man and even left parties forgot about it and joined the UPA to promote neoliberal economic policies including the Civil Nuclear deal with the US, once imperialist enemy...
    1. G
      Jun 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm
      It all becomes clear now. Gopal Krishna Gandhi writes frequently for another left wing national paper with close ties to the CPM. He fits perfectly with the CPM style of thinking. Recently, he even wrote a craven article praising the "great" Karunanidhi. He is a disgrace to his last name.
      1. S
        Jun 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm
        but did they ask Gopal Gandhi , he may not like to contest also, these Yechu, Mania, pappu , mouni may try to bring him but he will get defeated baldy
        1. Nitin Deolekar
          Jun 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm
          if Oppo hv any Brains LEFT? Left must Nominate Adwani-ji Seek Supports from Shiv-Sena!! ( BJP insiders!!) Anyway Else Hearty Congrats Kovind!! Best Luck 4 Win !! Only One Expectation from him is to Correct One Grave Mistake of Pseudo-Secular?Nehru-Ambedkar?? Do Common Civil Code or Cancel Hindu Law Done by Budh Ambedkar ASAP. Better Reverse Ambedkar Bad Laws? for next 70 years Apply 1-wife Act to Muslim Brothers and Allow 2-Shadi Talak for Hindu!! So Also Apply China 1-family-2-Children law to Muslim Brothers!! That shall Help them to Prosper Like China ISIS Terror Shall reduce !!
        2. M
          Jun 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm
          GAA ndhi gaaaandhi gaaaandhi,---when will the CONGIES be freed from dynasty rule????,---Jai hind.
          1. C
            CONgress Hates Hindus
            Jun 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm
            Looks like meeting of LeT or Isis. All these dehumanized barbarians must perish
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