Mon, 09 Jul 2012 16:31:17 GMT | By IANS

Congress likely to re-nominate Hamid Ansari

New Delhi: Hamid Ansari is likely to be re-nominated for the Aug 7 vice presidential election as the Congress candidate, party sources said Monday, adding it will send a "right message" to the minority community. The BJP is yet to zero in on a nominee for the poll.

Congress likely to re-nominate Hamid Ansari

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday discussed Ansari's name with Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader H.D. Devegowda, who has supported his candidature.

"The prime minister spoke to Devegowda Saturday and discussed Hamid Ansari's name...our party supports his candidature for the vice presidential poll," JD-S general secretary Danish Ali told IANS.

According to the JD-S leader, Ansari should have been ideally nominated for the post of president of India but since that could not happen his candidature for the vice president's office should be welcomed.

"Ansari's tenure as vice president and Rajya Sabha chairman was an excellent one and he is a renowned scholar," said Ali.

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