Sonia declares Ansari UPA’s nominee for Vice President, seeks support

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the
UPA coordination meeting. Photo© PIB  
New Delhi: It seems that Vice-President Hamid Ansari is all set get a second term in his current job after United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi formally declared M. Hamid Ansari as its candidate for the vice-presidential poll at a meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence here on Saturday. 

If the 75-year-old Ansari, a career diplomat, and former Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, makes it, he will follow in the footsteps of philosopher-statesman S. Radhakrishnan who got two terms as Vice-President between 1952 and 1962.

As UPA announced Hamid Ansari as its candidate, the CPM, CPI and the Forward Bloc indicated they would back him, while the RSP announced it would not support him and may abstain from voting.

The TMC, the UPA’s second biggest constituent, is still undecided on Ansari. Party chief Mamata Banerjee reportedly told Singh she would convey her decision in two days.

According to media Manmohan Singh has called up Mamata Banerjee on Saturday evening and has sought her support for the UPA’s candidate.   

The PM also spoke to BJP leader LK Advani, party chief Nitin Gadkari and leaders of the opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, seeking support for Ansari.
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