NDA picks Jaswant Singh as its candidate for Vice President polls

India News Bulletin Desk

Former external affairs and finance minister, Jaswant Singh, has been selected by NDA (National Democratic Alliance) -- the Opposition alliance -- as its candidate for the Vice President's post.

Hamid Ansari and Jaswant Singh
Hamid Ansari and Jaswant Singh
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA put forth Singh’s name for vice-presidential candidacy after the UPA chose Hamid Ansari as its candidate.

On Saturday, Congress-led UPA's chairperson Sonia Gandhi announced that Ansari, 75, is its vice-presidential candidate.

Singh's candidature was announced on Monday after NDA members met at BJP leader LK Advani's residence.

The NDA members’ first choice was Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav, it was reported. NDA team also tried to convince Najma Heptulla, a Member of Parliament to become the nominee. However after Yadav and Heptulla declined to stand as candidates for the vice president poll, Singh, 74 received NDA’s backing.

Meanwhile, Pranab Mukherjee and P. A. Sangma are contesting each other for the July 19 presidential poll.

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