Opp. lacks numbers, but Prez poll & election for VP should be fought seriously: Sonia

Opp. lacks numbers, but Prez poll & election for VP should be fought seriously: Sonia


New Delhi: The Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said while numbers may be against the opposition in the much awaited elections for President and Vice President, but the polls ought to be fought with all seriousness. "In these contests, numbers may be against us. But battle must be fought and fought hard," the Congress president said addressing a meeting of the opposition parties here. Ms Gandhi said the offices of President of India and the Vice President are entrusted to protect and defend both "the Constitution and the law" and thus the opposition parties believe together Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi - "will give us best possible President and Vice President to steer society through crisis that has beset the country". "We cannot and must not let India be held hostage to those who wish to impose upon it narrow minded, divisive and communal vision," she said making a veiled attack on the BJP. The opposition parties have organised the meeting on the eve of Presidential election tomorrow. The election to the post of Vice President will be held on August 5. The BJP parliamentary executive committee and NDA leaders met separately but it was not yet clear on whether any name for the Vice Presidential nominee for the ruling side came up for consideration. The BJP Parliamentary Board, saffron outfit's highest policy making body, will meet here tomorrow to finalise the name of NDA nominee for Vice President's post. The last date of filing nomination for Vice President's post in July 18, Tuesday. The united opposition has already decided to field Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal Governor and a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, for the post. The voting for Presidential election between Ram Nath Kovind of NDA and Meira Kumar of opposition will take place tomorrow.

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