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President Election A Fight Against Narrow Minded Communal Vision Says Sonia Gandhi

Accepting the nomination, Gopal Gandhi said "I accept the nomination and applaud the unity and conviction with which the opposition parties have asked me to be their candidate for the vice-presidentship". "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".

The JD-U had broken ranks with the opposition on the presidential election when it chose to support the ruling NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet in New Delhi Monday evening to take up a call on its Vice-Presidential nominee. The elections for the Vice President is scheduled to be held on August 5.

On Sunday, Sonia Gandhi had made it abundantly clear that the opposition knows that they know they don't have the numbers, but, she said that "the battle must be fought and fought hard". This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. Firstpost, quoting sources, reports that BJP president Amit Shah had earlier met two senior RSS leaders Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Krishna Gopal to discuss the ruling NDA's candidate, who in return favoured for a candidate belonging to the upper caste and southern India.

Sonia Gandhi addressed party cadres and said poll is not about numbers but ideology.

Let us recall, that Congress leader Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is also the grandson of freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi, belonged to the second faction.

"What at stake is our future, and the values we cherish and must uphold especially at this time of grave disquiet".

The electorate, comprising elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and members of state assemblies, is tilted in favour of the NDA, but the opposition is still working to seek support of some regional parties in favour of their candidate.

India is casting its vote today in the Presidential polls 2017.



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