Opposition parties on 11 July 2017 unanimously decided to pick former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi as its candidate for the post of vice-president. According to the reports, Gandhi was the only name, discussed when 18 Opposition parties met today to decide on their candidate for the vice-presidential poll.
Who is Gopalkrishna Gandhi?
Born on April 22, 1945 to Devdas Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari’s daughter Lakshmi, Gopalkrishna Gandhi served as an IAS officer from 1968 till 1992. He is the brother of noted writer Rajmohan Gandhi. From 1985to 1987, He has been the Secretary to the Vice President, Joint Secretary to President from 1987 to 1992 and Secretary to President in 1997. Gopalkrishna Gandhi also served as High Commissioner for India in Lesotho. In 2000, he was appointed as the High Commissioner for India in Sri Lanka. In 2002, he became Ambassador of India in Norway. Gandhi also served as Ambassador of India in Iceland. In year 2004, Gandhi was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal and completed his five year term. Apart from translating, Vikram Seth’s noted book ‘A Suitable Boy’ into Hindi, Gandhi also penned a novel on Sri Lanka’s Tamil plantation workers. He was approached by Mamata Banerjee for vice-presidential candidacy in 2012, which he declined. The Janata Dal United, represented by Sharad Yadav chose Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson to be its nominee for vice-president. Notably JD(U) had broken ranks with the Opposition over the presidential poll last month.