New Delhi: As part of their campaign for the presidential and vice-presidential elections, Opposition candidates Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi would hold an interactive session with MPs of 18 non-NDA parties on Sunday.
The first such joint outreach to be attended by all Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs of non-NDA political parties is being organised in the Parliament annexe. The interactive session, the sources say, will see Kumar, the opposition's presidential nominee, and Gandhi, its vice-presidential candidate, make their presentations before them.
They will also answer any queries by MPs and engage with them in the closed-door interactive session, not open to the media.
While the election for the post of president will be held on 17 July, that of the vice-president, who is the chairman of Rajya Sabha, will be held on 5 August.
Though the numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling dispensation, the opposition has made it a battle of ideologies. Kumar has appealed to the MPs and MLAs for a vote of "conscience" and the "inner voice" in her favour. 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.
As many as 17 non-NDA parties including the Congress, the Left parties, the TMC, BSP, SP, DMK, NCP, RJD, JMM JD-S and NC are supporting Kumar, while the JDU is supporting the NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
The JDU attended the meeting where Gandhi was selected as the joint opposition vice-presidential candidate. However, it is not clear whether its MPs will also attend the meeting.
Updated Date: Jul 15, 2017 20:50 PM