Trinamool pitches for Gopal Gandhi as Vice President

The name of Krishna Bose, former Lok Sabha member and niece of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, is also being floated by the party, though Gandhi could be the prime choice, TMC sources said.

Published: 12th July 2012 06:05 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th July 2012 06:05 PM   |  A+A-


Trinamool Congress is said to be keen on proposing the name of former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi as its choice as the Vice Presidential candidate.

The name of Krishna Bose, former Lok Sabha member and niece of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, is also being floated by the party, though Gandhi could be their prime choice, party sources said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night spoke to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, stepping up efforts to drum up support for Hamid Ansari for a second tenure in the post of Vice President, elections to which are scheduled for August 7.

However, there is strong speculation that Railway Minister Mukul Roy, who has been asked by Banerjee to attend the UPA meeting on Saturday, may propose that Gandhi be made the nominee of the ruling coalition for Vice President.

On the Presidential election, Trinamool Congress has said its would announce the party's strategy three days ahead of the poll slated for July 19.

Trinamool Congress has maintained silence on whether it would support UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee or abstain.

The party has asked all its MPs and MLAs to be present in Kolkata from July 16 onwards.

If it decides to vote, all the electors would exercise their franchise in Kolkata and has sought permission for this from the Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, who is the Returning Officer, the sources said.

They said the Trinamool Parliamentary Party would meet on July 17 in the eastern metropolis to decide on the Presidential poll.

Last evening, Singh spoke to the West Chief Minister, who was on a tour of North Bengal, after which Trinamool Congress decided to attend the July 14 meeting to decide on the Vice Presidential poll candidate. The last date for nomination for the Vice President election is July 20.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp