After Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdullah, Gopalkrishna Gandhi says no to Opposition’s request to contest Presidential election

Ex-Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Monday became the third person to reject opposition parties’ request for his candidacy for the presidency.

Earlier, NCP Chairman Sharad Pawar and NCP Chairman Farooq Abdullah refused to be the opposition’s joint candidate in the presidential elections scheduled for July 18.

In a statement issued Monday, Gandhi said: “After looking into the matter deeply, I see that the opposition candidate should be the one who will create a national consensus and a national atmosphere alongside the unity of the opposition. I feel that there will be others who will do it much better than me and so I asked the leaders to give the opportunity to such a person.”

Therefore, I asked the leaders to give the opportunity to such a person. I hope India will get a worthy president headed by Rajaj as the last Governor-General and inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad as our first,” added the former diplomat, who is also the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

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Gandhi’s announcement comes a day before the opposition’s second round on June 21 to finalize a consensus candidate.

Even in 2017, the opposition camp wanted Gandhi appointed as the presidential candidate, but the decision of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to choose Ram Nath Kovind as its face forced a rethink. In the end, the opposition dispatched former Lok Sabha spokeswoman Meera Kumar, who is also a Dalit like Kovind.

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