Opposition needs to stand up to 'divisive', 'communal' vision, says Sonia Gandhi

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

After the opposition lead by congress announcing its vice presidential candidates, tweets in favor and against him started pouring in.

Even as the 18-party Opposition stares at lopsided contests in the upcoming Presidential and Vice-Presidential polls, for the Congress, it is about successfully anchoring the Opposition in the run-up to the 2019 polls. But the battle must be fought and fought hard. She said the election represents a clash of ideas and conflict of disparate values. "We can not and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision", she said. This has brought together Opposition parties from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in a string. "We must have confidence in the values we believe in", she added. The election for President's post will be held on Monday while the new Vice President will be elected on August 5.

While no names have been discussed at Sunday's meeting of BJP and NDA leaders and parliamentary members, speculation is about the government's nominee being from one of the southern states since Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind is from Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress and 17 other opposition parties have already chosen Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former West Bengal governor and a retired bureaucrat and diplomat, as their joint candidate.

And above all, his political career will come to an end once and for all, as he can not accept any other political post after completion of his term, except for being considered for the President post.

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