Sonia Gandhi says presidential election is a fight against 'divisive, communal vision'

Vincent Carr
July 17, 2017

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday apparently attacked Modi government for imposing "divisive, narrow-minded and communal policies".

The meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended without naming their Vice Presidential candidate for the upcoming elections, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said on Sunday. The opposition feels Gandhi is an ideal candidate as he is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, the last governor general of India. "We must have confidence in the values we believe in".

"On what basis has the Congress nominated Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of the Vice-President?" As the Congress and other Opposition parties step up their campaign ahead of polling for the Presidential elections today, the contest is being made out to be more of a "symbolic and ideological" fight rather than of "numbers". The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi. "But battle must be fought and fought hard".

Addressing a meeting of the Opposition parties here, Sonia termed the presidential and vice presidential elections as a "clash of ideas" and a "conflict of disparate values".

The presidential election is scheduled to be held tomorrow.

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The BJP will announce the ruling NDA'S vice presidential nominee on Monday.

She also underlined that the President and Vice-President are the constitutional heads of state and they are entrusted to discharge the duties of their offices in a manner that preserves, protects and defends both the Constitution and the law.

Gopal Gandhi has been described as a worthy successor to outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari even though the Congress and other 17 parties do not have the required number of MPs in the electoral college to ensure his win.

The former BJP president, who now holds two portfolios in the Union Cabinet, though is more keen on continuing in active politics, a report in the prominent Telugu daily Eenadu said on Monday morning.

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