JD-U to back Jaswant Singh, Left Hamid Ansari
Posted on: 02:53 PM IST Jul 16, 2012
Patna/New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was united on Jaswant Singh's candidature for the vice president's post. "The NDA is united for the vice presidential poll and the Janata Dal-United is with Jaswant Singh," Nitish Kumar said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA has named BJP leader Jaswant Singh as its vice presidential candidate.
The JD-U is, however, supporting UPA's Parnab Mukharjee for the post of Indian president.
On the other hand, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Monday said it will vote for incumbent Hamid Ansari for the post of vice president.
The announcement was made in a brief statement from the party, which had suggested Ansari's name for the post five years ago.
The Forward Bloc also extended its support to the UPA candidate for the August seven election.
But RSP leader Abani Roy said his party will abstain in the Vice Presidential election. RSP has taken the same for the Presidential poll.
The UPA is comfortably placed in the electoral college for the Vice Presidential poll comprising 790 MPs. With the backing of outside supporters like Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and others, the UPA has nearly 500 MPs on its side.