"What at stake is our future, and the values we cherish and must uphold especially at this time of grave disquiet".
She said Opposition stands united, which is noteworthy. "I just want to ask her that on what basis, the Congress has nominated Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of the Vice-President".
Sonia Gandhi addressed party cadres and said poll is not about numbers but ideology. "In these contests, numbers may be against us. I have become a candidate in this contest to fight the battle of ideology", Kumar told reporters.
"This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values". 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.
The name of Palanisamy Sathasivam, now serving Governor of Kerala, was also discussed recent BJP meeting on the issue of vice-presidential polls, Hindustan Times reports.
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The presidential election is scheduled to be held tomorrow.
The Opposition leaders were introduced to the two candidates, who spoke a few words.
Kovind is in a favourable position to win the presidential poll as NDA bags the required number of electoral votes. However, the Congress struck back at Centre, accusing them of not holding consultations with Opposition before proposing his name.
The JD-U had broken ranks with the opposition on the presidential election when it made a decision to support the ruling NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
The political circles are agog with speculations that the name of Union minister for information and broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu has been more or less finalised for the post of Vice-President of India. The BJP-led NDA is yet to declare its nominee.