Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi cast their votes for the Presidential election on Monday. Both of these are, sadly, under siege today. July 18 is the last date for filing of nominations. “Alluding to the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance having an edge in both elections, Sonia Gandhi said: “.the numbers may be against us. “But battle must be fought, and fought hard”, she added. “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”. The opposition has already declared the name of former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the post.
According to the text of Gandhi’s speech, she said, “We must stand more aware than ever of who we are, what we fought for in our independence struggle and what future we want for ourselves”.
Addressing a meeting of several opposition parties on the presidential poll’s eve, she said the election represents “a clash of ideas” and “a conflict of disparate values”. In three years, for the first time the Opposition has come together as a united force which is noteworthy. Among the major leaders present at the meet include CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar, Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Aggarwal, TMC’s Derek O’Brien, BSP’s Satish Mishra, along with the representatives of RJD, DMK, JD (S), JMM, Revolutionary Socialist Party, Kerala Congress, IUML and the AIUDF.
That way, one can speculate that Modi just might lean towards a Patel to mollify a voter-base from his home state that is now threatening to upset the equations at the upcoming Assembly elections. However, just like the case Ram Nath Kovind, party’s pick for the presidential post, there is hardly any clue as to who can be party candidate for the top post.