When Vice-Prez nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi opposed death penalty to Yakub Memon

Ms Gandhi was speaking at a high tea where Opposition presidential and vice-presidential candidates Meira Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi met with MPs from 18 political parties backing them.

The JD (U), which skipped the all-party meeting convened by the government this morning, stayed away from the opposition event too. But the battle must be fought and fought hard.

As part of their campaign for the presidential and vice presidential elections, opposition's candidates Meira Kumar and Gopalkrishna Gandhi would hold an interactive session with MPs of 18 non-NDA parties on Sunday. Shah indicated that he would like the decision before he leaves for Ahmedabad to vote in the Presidential election as a Gujarat MLA on Monday.

We must stand more aware than ever of who we are, what we fought for in our Independence struggle and what future we want for ourselves. "The election demands a vote of conscience to preserve the India that the Mahatma and that illustrious generation of freedom fighters, joined by thousands upon thousands of ordinary men and women, fought for", she added. In three years, for the first time the Opposition has come together as a united force which is noteworthy. "During Kumar's tours in the states, the kind of response she has received is phenomenal".

It is an honor for me to welcome Meira Kumar and Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, our candidates for these elections as both of them have, with tremendous dignity and commitment, distinguished themselves throughout their long careers, she said. The NDA candidate for the Vice-President's post is yet to be declared.