Gopaldas is a grandson of Mahatama Gandhi and has served as a governor of West Bengal. The election to the post of Vice-President will be held on August 5.
I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu picked as NDA's VEEP pick.
On the eve of the Presidential election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi called for a conscience vote to put "best minds" at the helm to preserve the idea of an inclusive, tolerant and pluralistic India. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1998 from Karnataka.
The ruling NDA's relationship with incumbent chairman Hamid Ansari was never warm. However, cabinet reshuffle/expansion will be imperative after Naidu's exit from the union ministry since he is now holding two key portfolios of urban development and information and broadcasting. He will quit the council of ministers and resign from the upper house to run for the post of Vice President.
"BJP is proud to announce Venkaiah Naidu ji as the vice presidential candidate of NDA".
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. "Alluding to the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance having an edge in both elections, Sonia Gandhi said: ".the numbers may be against us.
Between April 2005 and January 2006, he was BJP's senior vice president.
Venkaiah Naidu hails from Andhra Pradesh. He was elected to the legislative assembly of Andhra Pradesh in 1978 and again in 1983.