Presidential election tomorrow demands a “vote of conscience”: Sonia Gandhi

Vastavam web: Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said the presidential election tomorrow demands a “vote of conscience” as it represents a clash of ideas and conflict of disparate values.She also described the electoral contest as the opposition’s fight against a “narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision” while addressing a gathering of opposition parties here where its presidential and vice presidential nominees, Meira Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi respectively, were formally introduced.The UPA chairperson said the numbers may be stacked against them, but “the battle must be fought and fought hard”.

“We cannot and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision,” she said.According to the text of her speech, she said, “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 JD(U), which skipped the all-party meeting convened by the government this morning, stayed away from the opposition event too.”We know Meira Kumar as the former speaker. But many had not met Gopal Gandhi. It was a sort of formal introduction with them,” said CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury.