Presidential Election 2017: Meira Kumar, Gopalkrishna Gandhi to meet 18 non-NDA parties on Sunday

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.

Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi

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

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