Vice Prez Election

Former diplomat Ansari elected India’s vice-president

Mohammad Hamid Ansari, a former diplomat and academic, was elected India’s new vice-president on Friday. A nominee of the ruling alliance, Ansari, 70, defeated opposition-backed rival, Najma Heptullah, by 233 votes for the largely ceremonial post. He is India’s third Muslim vice-president. An electoral college of members of parliament elects the vice-president, who also acts […]


The election to the Office of the Vice President,  to be held on 10th of this month, is the thirteenth.  The earlier elections to this office were held in the years 1952, 1957 (both uncontested), 1962, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1979 (unopposed), 1984, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002. Under the provisions of  Article 66(1) of Constitution […]

It’s still a triangular contest for Vice President

A triangular contest was on the cards for the vice presidential election Aug 10 as the three candidates who were cleared following the scrutiny of papers remained in the fray Thursday, the last day for withdrawing nominations. The ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), along with the Left Front and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and […]

Woman Among Three In Race To Be India’s Vice-president

Three Muslim candidates, one of them a woman, are to vie for the post of vice-president of India next month after Indian lawmakers voted in the country’s first woman president on Saturday. One of them is former career diplomat Hamid Ansari, 65, nominated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and its Left allies. Another […]

Three Muslim candidates in fray for Indian vice president’s post

Three candidates, all Muslims, have filed their nominations for the Indian vice-presidential elections to be held in August, the Election Commission said Monday. Mohammed Hameed Ansari, 65, has been nominated by the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and is the choice of its leftist partners, who provide key support to the alliance in Parliament. Ansari, […]

Masood files papers for Vice-President

Despite speculation about fissures within the United National Progressive Alliance, the newly-formed coalition took a lead on Friday in filing the nomination papers of its Vice-Presidential nominee, Rasheed Masood. The election is scheduled to be held on August 10. A Samajwadi Party MP from Saharanpur, Mr. Masood (60) filed his nomination here in the presence […]

UPA-Left names Ansari for Vice-President

The former diplomat, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, was on Friday unanimously declared the United Progressive Alliance-Left candidate for the August 10 Vice-Presidential election. The name of Mr. Ansari, Chairman of the National Minorities Commission, was announced by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at a meeting of the UPA-Left Coordination Committee here. Over the last two days, Communist […]

The Congress pick could be a Muslim.

Leaders of Left parties have been holding informal consultations over the electoral battle due in August. The Left has said it would begin the exercise of finding a ‘widely accepted’ candidate Thursday. The Left, which was keen to evolve a consensus on a vice president between the UPA and the eight-party United National Progressive Alliance […]

Triangular Fight for Vice Prez Election

While the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is meeting on Saturday to decide on a nominee for the second most important constitutional post, the Left parties have announced that they would begin the exercise of finding a widely accepted candidate for vice president on Thursday – the day of the presidential […]