New Delhi, July 15 (IBNS): Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi, whose named was suggested for the post of vice-president by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, has refused to contest for the post, media reports said on Sunday.
According to a CNN IBN report the Gandhi kin has said no to the polls.
The refusal is a jolt to the West Bengal Chief Minster, because earlier A P J Abdul Kalam had also politely refused to throw his hat in the Presidential election ring despite Mamata Banerjee proposing his name as the People's President.
United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday named Hamid Ansari for the second term as vice-president.
Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mukul Roy on Saturday said he will convey the decision taken by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) meeting on the Vice-Presidential candidate issue to his party and the decision on the matter will be announced later.
"We are allies of the UPA. I will go back and communicate the decision taken in the UPA meeting to the party. The party will decide on the matter," Roy told reporters on Saturday.
Roy attended the UPA meeting on behalf of West Bengal Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee.
The TMC and the Congress, the two partners in the state and at the centre, are at loggerheads of late over many issues, including the Presidential and vice-Presidential elections.