When Vice-Prez nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi opposed death penalty to Yakub Memon


Introducing the opposition's candidates for President and Vice-president Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi respectively, Congress chief said 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. "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".

As for the Presidential polls, the Opposition candidate, Ms Meira Kumar will be meeting leaders of 17 Opposition parties supporting her at Parliament House Annexe on Sunday evening. This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. "So it is very important that we protect and preserve it", said Kumar.

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"Meira Kumarji and Gopalkrishna Gandhiji will be the best possible President and Vice-President to steer our society through the crisis that has beset our country today", she said. He even said the Congress should understand that nominating Gopalkrishna, who backed Memon, is like going against the nation.

As Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009, Gopal Gandhi had won many admirers with his bold criticism of the Left government's handling of the Nandigram protests.

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If the becomes the Vice President, he will lose the liberty of making public statements and speeches in his typical style; he can not take on the opposition parties aggressively and what is more, he will lose the opportunity of enjoying power as a union minister. "We must have confidence in the values we believe in".

The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi.

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In July 2015, Gandhi had written to President Pranab Mukherjee to "reconsider" the rejection of Memon's mercy plea.

Kovind is in a favourable position to win the presidential poll as NDA bags the required number of electoral votes.

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In an impassioned plea to the President, he invoked the late A.P.J.