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17 July 2017, 04:21 | Darrell Baldwin
Shiv Sena taunts Sonia Gandhi, says Gopalkrishna Gandhi used all powers to save Yakub Memon
The interactive session, the sources say, will see Ms Kumar, the opposition's presidential nominee, and Gandhi, its vice presidential candidate, make their presentations before them.
Raut also hit out at Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her remark on the President, saying that the presidential poll is a fight against "narrow-minded communal vision". He even said the Congress should understand that nominating Gopalkrishna, who backed Memon, is like going against the nation.
The JD (U), which skipped the all-party meeting convened by the government this morning, stayed away from the opposition event too.
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.
"What at stake is our future, and the values we cherish and must uphold especially at this time of grave disquiet". However, it is not clear whether its MPs will also attend tomorrow's meeting.
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said, "The Opposition candidates stand for the idea of India, equality, secularism, tolerance".
Meanwhile, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Yadav have gone against their party line as they have announced support for NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. It is not just about the numbers but the ideology that one represents. The opposition feels Gandhi is an ideal candidate as he is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and C Rajagopalachari, the last governor general of India.
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).
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