Hamid Ansari takes oath for his second term as Vice Prez
New Delhi, Aug 11(ANI): Hamid Ansari took the oath for his second term as Vice President at the Presidential palace in New Delhi today. President Pranab Mukherjee chaired the swearing in ceremony. A nominee of the ruling Congress led alliance, 75 year old Ansari defeated opposition backed rival Jaswant Singh by 252 votes for the largely ceremonial post. Of the 736 votes cast, Ansari got 490 votes while Jaswant Singh got 238. Eight votes were declared invalid. Ansari, a former diplomat and academic, first became vice president of India in 2007. He is only the second person after Dr. S Radhakrishnan to serve consecutive terms as the vice president.