After the election of Shri Ramnath Kovind as the 14th President of India, the focus is on the election of the next vice president. UPA announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate who also has the support of all the opposition parties. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, paternal grandson of Mahatma Gandhi has worked as a bureaucrat in many capacities and has also served as the governor of Bengal.
But soon after his candidature announcement, the 72 years old found himself in a political turmoil as the Shiv Sena launched a series of attacks on him for advocating mercy petition for Mumbai Bomb Blast accused Yakub Memon.
This narrative that questions Gandhi's loyalty to the nation falls short of truth in many senses. As Gandhi himself made it quite clear the other day, "Mahatma Gandhi opposed death penalty. He fell to assassins' bullets, but his two sons appealed to the government of the day, saying that Nathuram Godse should not be hanged, Narayan Apte should not be hanged, because Gandhiji was opposed to death sentence..I belong to that school of thought". He further added, "Death penalty is a death penalty, I have also written to Pakistan President for Kulbhushanji (Jadhav)," he said. "Death penalty and capital punishment belong to the medieval ages".
We can clearly see that Mr Gandhi was against the mode of punishment. He is a champion of non-violence like his Grandfather and had no particular affinity towards Tiger Memon.
Having said that, with the announcement of Shri Venkaiya Naidu as the NDA candidate, it is highly unlikely that Mr Gandhi would make it to the vice presidential post. But what comes out of all this is the power of agenda that political parties try to move forward with.
We need to understand that right wing politics feeds on such spurts of national attention by levelling false accusation against prominent people. The political parties wait for such chances to claim the national podium.
we eagerly wait for the 5th of August to come to find out our new vice president. We wish both of Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Naidu all the best.