BJP to announce VP nominee after Presidential poll gets over on Monday


Attacking the NDA-led government, she said that the country can not be hostage to those "who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision". She was addressing a meeting of Opposition parties.

After a heated presidential poll on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board will meet in Delhi at 6 pm to decide on NDA's vice presidential candidate. "We must have confidence in the values we believe in".

Besides Sonia, the Congress was represented by Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and other MPs at the Opposition meeting.

"There was no way that we would have given the NDA candidate a walkover. and not put up a fight at all". Naidu's name has propped up as he is a veteran BJPian, argualy party's most successful from southern Indian in central leadership, and an upper caste face.

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Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said, "The Opposition candidates stand for the idea of India, equality, secularism, tolerance". This time the Opposition candidates, by far, come across as more worthy contenders to the posts. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The choice of Kovind for the office of the Head of State compelled the opposition to field former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, a Dalit and daughter of the late Babu Jagjivan Ram who had served as the Deputy Prime Minister.

On the other hand the opposition is essentially banking on Gopal Gandhi's stature hoping that the fence sitters like BJD's Naveen Patnaik who has backed the NDA candidate for President would find it hard to openly oppose him.

Earlier as well, Naidu had gone on record, indicating his reluctance to take up the job, quipping that he wanted to remain "Usha Pati" (husband of Usha, the name of his wife) and not become Upa-Rashtrapati (Vice-President).