Gopalkrishna is opposition's VP candidate

Gopalkrishna is opposition's VP candidate

Gopalkrishna is opposition's VP candidate

India's vice presidential elections will he held on August 5. Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), which offered support to NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, was also present at the meeting.

The sources said that after the opposition lost out in announcing its candidate to the ruling NDA, it might declare its candidate tomorrow before the ruling alliance does. Leaders from 18 Opposition parties met at the Parliament House and unanimously picked Gopalkrishna. "We spoke to him, after which he has agreed to be the joint opposition candidate", she said. The news of the announcement was confirmed by Sonia Gandhi.

Here are seven things you should know about Gopalkrishna Gandhi. For the Vice-Presidential elections, the Congress apparently communicated to other parties that it is willing to accept a nominee from outside the Congress. Gopalkrishna Gandhi's name was acceptable to Trinamool Congress too. Soon after, he called back and conveyed his acceptance of the opposition leaders's decision and thanked them.

Married to Tara Gandhi and father of two daughters, he was earlier secretary to the Governor of Tamil Nadu, to the Vice President and to the President of India.

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Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, TMC's Derek O'Brien, CPM's Sitaram Yechury, SP's Naresh Agarwal, NC's Omar Abdullah, JD (S)' Deve Gowda, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra and RLD's Ajit Singh were among those who attended the meeting.

If required, polling for the vice president's post will take place on August 5. The Secretary General of Rajya Sabha is the returning officer for the polls.

The Opposition floor management for the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which starts on 17 July, was also on agenda.

However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ally Lalu Prasad Yadav skipped the Opposition meet.

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