Ansari may write to MPs of UPA and supporting parties

Last Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 22:38

New Delhi: Hamid Ansari could write to MPs of the UPA and supporting parties seeking their support for his candidature for the Vice Presidential elections scheduled for August 7.

The ruling alliance is confident of a comfortable win with 500 plus votes in the electoral college of around 790.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is going to host a lunch for its members as also those from suporting parties ahead of the elections. Non-UPA MPs from SP, BSP, RJD and JD(S) are also being invited to the lunch.

The elections will witness a straight contest between Ansari and NDA candidate Jaswant Singh.

Replying to a question, Bansal said the issue of Deputy Chaiman of the Rajya Sabha will be decided by holding talks with the allies after the Vice Presidential elections.

There have been no indications so far whether Congress has held talks with AIADMK and BJD whose candidate was supported by BJP in Presidential elections.

Jaswant Singh is likely to meet Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on August 6 seeking her support for his election bid.

Though the numbers are stacked highly against Singh, BJP is making all efforts to put up a respectable contest. Other than NDA partners, BJP is trying to reach out to non-Congress parties, nominated and Independent MPs.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 22:37

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