New Delhi, May 12
The Congress has proposed Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as the joint Opposition candidate for the forthcoming Presidential elections.
A former IAS officer Gopalkrishna Gandhi took voluntary retirement in 1992. He is the son of Devendra Gandhi, the son of Mahatma Gandhi.
Congress hold discussions with CPM national secretary Sitaram Echury to bring Gandhi as the joint Opposition presidential candidate and the leaders of both the parties reportedly spoke with Gandhi in this regard.
Meanwhile, it is known that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also supporting Gopalkrishna Gandhi. According to sources, Congress party also mentioned former Lok Sabha Speaker Meera Kumar’s name also as an alternate.
Already JDU senior leader Sarad Yadav and former Prime Minister Devendra Gowda names made rounds as the joint Opposition candidates. Now the Congress has to get the support of other parties also along with Sarad Yadav and Devendra Gowda.
On the other hand, NDA has selected Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate.