Gopalakrishna Gandhi who is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi has told that he was approached by the opposition parties to contest for the post of President. Mr Gandhi was a former diplomat, administrator and Governor.
“Yes, I have been spoken to. But the conversations have been of a very preliminary nature. It would not be right for me to say anything beyond that,” Gandhi told. Adding to it, he said Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury have spoken to him. It is also understood that CM of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee is also interested in fielding him who has proposed him for the post of Vice President in 2012. The other name that emerges along with him for the post is Meira Kumar. However not many parties are keen on fielding a congress candidate for the top post.
““If the ruling alliance foists a person with an RSS background, then it would be a good choice to field Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson himself,” a senior leader said. “Now it is a battle of attrition. Whether they will declare first or we will declare first,” another senior leader said when a question was poised as to when the Opposition would announce its candidate.
“We will support any candidate the BJP fields as we have very less difference in opinion. Except for differences on the land acquisition bill and special status for Andhra Pradesh, we share similar opinions on various issues which we think are pro-people,” said Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of former CM Rajasekar Reddy who has extended his support to the BJP Candidature.