DHAKA: Brisk polling was witnessed in the Vice Presidential poll on Tuesday in which incumbent Hamid Ansari is all set to be re-elected to the top post with UPA having a clear edge over NDA.
75-year-old Ansari, whose candidature has been supported by Left parties and UPA allies like SP and BSP, appears set to fend off the contest put up by NDA nominee Jaswant Singh, reports Hindustan Times.
As many as 600 electors from an effective electoral college of 787 members of Parliament had cast their vote by 1:00pm, Ansari’s election agent and senior advocate Pravin Parekh said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were among the early voters in the 13th Vice Presidential election polling for which began at 10:00am.
Jaswant Singh was also among the early voters.
BJD, TDP and RSP have declared that they would abstain from voting. Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is ill and admitted to a Chennai hospital.
The three parties together have 34 members in both Houses of Parliament.
BDST: 1802 HRS, AUG 7, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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