Indian Presidential Election 2017 will be held before 25 July 2017. Mahatma Gandhi’s Grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi may become the joint Opposition candidate for the presidentship. Gandhi told The Indian Express, “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.”
Interestingly, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury have spoken to Mr.Gandhi. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress are also reportedly supporting Gopalkrishna Gandhi as the opposition candidate.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi was the Governor of West Bengal and also served as Secretary to the President of India and as the High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka. He was the Chairman of Kalakshetra Foundation and Indian Institute of Advanced Study.
Meanwhile as per reported by The Financial Express, Jagan Mohan Reddy, a politician of YSR Congress Party and the leader of opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has declared his support to the BJP 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.”