Gopalkrishna Gandhi declines Oppn request to contest Presidential polls

With three of its possible presidential candidates declining to contest, leaders of Opposition events will meet right here on Tuesday afternoon to finalise a joint nominee for the July 18 election that can resolve the successor to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Former West Bengal Governor on Monday declined the Opposition leaders’ request to contest the presidential election, days after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah turned down comparable provides.

Pawar is chairing the assembly of leaders from 17 Opposition events on Tuesday amid hopes of additional strengthening the anti-BJP coalition. Some Opposition events have prompt former Union minister and Trinamool Congress vp Yashwant Sinha as their joint candidate for the presidential election, a senior Trinamool Congress chief stated in Kolkata.

The BJP too is tight-lipped in regards to the NDA’s candidate for the sixteenth presidential election scheduled for July 18. The results of the election can be introduced on July 21.

In an announcement, Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, stated a number of esteemed leaders of the Opposition have performed him the honour of considering of him for the Opposition’s candidature within the upcoming election for the presidency.

“I’m most grateful to them. But having thought of the matter deeply I see that the Opposition’s candidate must be one who will generate a nationwide consensus and a nationwide ambiance beside Opposition unity. I really feel there can be others who will do that much better than I,” he stated.

“And so I’ve requested the leaders to give the chance to such an individual. May India get a President worthy of the workplace presaged by Rajaji because the final Governor General and inaugurated by Dr Rajendra Prasad as our first President,” stated the 77-year-old former diplomat who had additionally served as India’s High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Earlier, the Opposition leaders had met right here on June 15 the place West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had additionally proposed the names of Pawar and Abdullah as possible candidates for the presidential election.

Pawar had declined the provide saying he was completely happy to proceed his “service for the wellbeing of the frequent folks”. Abdullah stated Jammu and Kashmir was passing via a essential section and his efforts have been required to “navigate these unsure instances.” The collection of the joint Opposition candidate is a tightrope stroll as numerous views of the regional satraps make it tough to attain a consensus. Last week, the Shiv Sena had sought to dismiss the candidature of Gandhi and Abdullah, describing them as “common names that crop up through the presidential polls”.

The Shiv Sena, a brand new entrant to the Opposition camp, had stated in an editorial in celebration mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ that Abdullah and Gandhi weren’t the “robust factors” within the Opposition alliance and lacked the “character” to make the presidential election aggressive.

Kovind’s tenure as President will finish on July 24 and his successor will assume workplace the subsequent day.

(Only the headline and movie of this report might have been reworked by the Business Standard workers; the remainder of the content material is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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