BJP to announce its Vice-Presidential nominee Monday

BJP to announce its Vice-Presidential nominee Monday

The former BJP president, who now holds two portfolios in the Union Cabinet, though is more keen on continuing in active politics, a report in the prominent Telugu daily Eenadu said on Monday morning. "We can't and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision", Gandhi said.

All elected MPs and member of legislative assemblies are eligible to vote and elect the successor of Pranab Mukherjee, who demits office on July 25.

The meeting is expected to take place at 6 PM today and the Vice-President will be announced. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, tipped as among the frontrunners for the post as NDA candidate, today rejected the reports.

Naidu, 68 and a former BJP President, met Modi and spoke with BJP President Amit Shah, the sources said.

Kumar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the upcoming Parliament session proves to be fruitful and all the Opposition parties continue to cooperate. "But battle must be fought and fought hard", the Congress President was quoted as saying by ANI. "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".

This election, she continued, "represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values".

Meira Kumar had said that this time the election is not a fight between two candidates, but a fight of ideologies and she appealed to the members of the Electoral College to "listen to their conscience" and vote for her.

Gandhi also believes that Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi will give the best possible President and Vice-President to "steer society through crisis that has beset our country". "The President and Vice-President are the constitutional heads of state". "The presence of so many of you from so many different parties to support our distinguished candidates confirms that the fight for an inclusive, tolerant and pluralistic India is being truly waged".