The joint Opposition candidate for the post of vice-president Gopalkrishna Gandhi is likely to file his nomination papers on Tuesday, the last date for doing so, in the presence of top Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. "We can't and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision", Gandhi said.
Meira is pitted against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind, who is comfortably placed with the support of over 63% of the electoral college.
This election, she continued, "represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values".
She further said, "In these contests, numbers may be against us".
The Lotus party is expected to enjoy the rare distinction of occupying the highest Constitutional office of President as well as that of the Vice President for the first time since the BJP was formed in 1980. The polls are expected to be held on August 5th and BJP is said to sail safe joining hands with all the leading regional parties.
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"We must stand more aware than ever of who we are, what we fought for in our Independence struggle and what future we want for ourselves".
The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet in New Delhi Monday evening to take up a call on its Vice-Presidential nominee. The NDA candidate for the Vice-President's post is yet to be declared. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, a retired IAS officer, and diplomat, who earlier worked as the Governor of West Bengal.
India is casting its vote today in the Presidential polls 2017.
"It would, I suggest, be a fitting tribute to the humane legacy of President Kalam to grant Yakub Memon his life, for which course there are also other compelling reasons", Gandhi had written in a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee.