Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may have ditched RJD and Congress in the state and joined hands with BJP, but still he will keep his earlier promise that he and his party will support Gopal Krishna Gandhi, who is the opposition’s candidate for the post of vice-president. In a statement issued to the media, Nitish Kumar said, “I will support Gopal Krishna Gandhi for VP. I have promised this and I don’t break promise.” Some experts said that this was being just too righteous, whereas others said that cross voting may occur, something that will negate what Kumar intentions might be. Cross voting was also seen during the Presidential elections, and it doesn’t really matter what a particular leader says. Eventually, it all depends on how the MPs and MLAs think and in whose favor they cast their votes. Of course, there is some level of predictability, but cross voting occurs and no political party can be immune to it.
It may be recalled that Gopal Krishna Gandhi, who is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has the support of 18 parties including the JD(U). The vice-presidential elections will be held on August 5. The ruling NDA has fielded M Venkaiah Naidu for the post of vice-president. Naidu has good support already, and he is expected to sail through easily.