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Will be happy to meet AIADMK leaders: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Opposition nominee for the vice president's post Gopalkrishna Gandhi today said he would be happy to meet the leaders, including Chief Minister E K Palaniswami, to seek support for his candidacy.

Asked if he had plans to meet the leaders of the AIADMK, the former governor told PTI, "I am in correspondence with them, but as of now, there is no plan to meet them. Should it be necessary, I will be very happy to meet them, including Palaniswami."

Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, had yesterday written to the factions, led by Palaniswami and former chief minister O Panneerselvam respectively, seeking their support in the August 5 vice-presidential

On July 13, he had called on chief at his Gopalapuram residence here in the presence of working president and his sister and member Kanimozhi to seek support for his candidature.

Gandhi, who has the backing of 18 opposition parties including the DMK, said he also intended to get in touch with the lawmakers of various political parties to seek their support.

The JD(U), which had broken ranks with the opposition parties to back NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the July 17 presidential election, also has endorsed Gandhi's name for the post of vice-president.

The factions have already announced their support to Kovind in the presidential poll.

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 21:42 IST