Tue, 7th Aug 2012
New Delhi: UPA candidate Hamid Ansari has been elected as the Vice President of the country for a second term in a row as he defeated NDA candidate Jaswant Singh with a comfortable margin.
While Ansari managed to bag 490 votes, Singh could get just 238 votes.
The polling in the Vice Presidential elections, which began on Tuesday morning, went on to witness brisk voting throughout the day.
Ansari's win in the election was a foregone conclusion with the numbers stacked in his favour.
While the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday decided to abstain from voting in the poll, key UPA ally, the Trinamool Congress, indicated support for Ansari.
BJD's decision was seen as a blow for Jaswant Singh who was hoping to rope in support from the party. He had earlier said that he was confident of getting the support of the BJD and the AIADMK. The latter however supported the NDA nominee.