New Delhi: Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be the joint opposition’s nominee for the post of vice president in the elections for the post on August 5.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s name was embraced by each of the 18 opposition parties, including the JD(U), which is backing the NDA’s candidate in the presidential poll.

While the Opposition had sat tight for the NDA to report a candidate before it declared its own nominee for the Presidential election, it chose to proceed in naming a vice-presidential candidate so as not to give the NDA a high ground.

Nitish Kumar was questioned by the Congress and Lalu Yadav – the two his partners – for supporting the BJP. With all due respect, his aides said that nearly a month ago, when opposition leaders met at the 94th birthday festivity for M Karunanidhi in Chennai, the Bihar Chief Minister had made it clear that Gopal Gandhi was an appreciated decision.

Opposition leaders, including AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and TMC’s Derek O’Brien, called the former governor from the meeting to look for his assent.

The elections for the following vice-president will be hung on August 5. Active vice-president Hamid Ansari finishes his term on August 10. MPs of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha vote to choose the vice president.

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