Ansari files nomination papers for VP polls

By: admin
Updated: 18 Jul 2012 01:28 AM

UPA's Vice-Presidential candidate Hamid Ansari filed his
nomination papers on Wednesday for the August seven poll in the presence
of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and
leaders of the ruling coalition.

75-year-old Ansari, who is set to become the second person to get two
consecutive terms as Vice-President, filed his nomination papers before
Lok Sabha secretary general TK Vishwanathan, who is the returning officer
for the poll. Watch: Hamid
Ansari files nomination papers

Sonia Gandhi, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Congress MP Motilal Vora and
BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra submitted one set of papers each to
Vishwanathan in support of Ansari's candidature. Congress general
secretary Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and leaders of other ruling
coalition were also present.

Soon after filing his nomination papers, Ansari thanked UPA and its
partners for supporting his candidature. "I am very grateful to all the
leaders who have come here to attend this function, for supporting my
nomination and for sponsoring me," he told reporters.

He was greeted by MPs from Congress and UPA partners. No TMC MP was
present when Ansari filed his papers. The prime minister said, "We are all
very delighted that there is such a massive support for renomination of
Hamid Ansari for the august office of Vice President."

Ansari was received by the prime minister, the Congress president and
other leaders in the lobby of Parliament since he holds the office of Vice
President and they accompanied him to the Lok Sabha secretary general's

Watch: Hamid
Ansari files nomination papers