New Delhi : Eighteen opposition parties on Tuesday unanimously decided as to field Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson and former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi as their candidate for the post of Vice President of India.
72-year-old Gandhi’s name was selected during a high level meeting held at the Parliament House here in the national capital convened by the Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, and leaders of BSP, RLD, CPI(M), CPI, National Conference, NCP, Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress were among those who attended the meeting.
The process of filing of nominations for the vice presidential poll started on July 4 and will end on July 18. The scrutiny of nomination papers will take place on July 19, while the last date for withdrawal of nominations is July 21.
Polling for the Vice President’s post will take place on August 5. The votes will be counted the same day.
The Electoral College, consisting of elected and nominated members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, votes for the Vice President.