Aug 10: Hameed Ansari is likely to win the vice –president election. The UPA-Left candidate supported by BSP leader Mayawati is a distinguished personality, served as an ambassador to UAE, Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. He was the Indian High Commissioner to Australia, New Delhi’s permanent representative in United Nation.
In 1984 he was awarded Padma Shri for his services. He decorated the post of Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University as he was an alumnus of same university. He was serving as member of National Commission of Minority.
Rasheed Masood is the choice of ‘third front’ United National Progressive Alliance who is a MP of Samajwadi Party from Saharanpur. The candidate of NDA Alliances Najma Heptulla is a member of Rajya Sabha and former deputy chairman of Upper House.
Vice presidential election is indirect way of election according to the proportional representation by single transferable vote. Member of both the houses take part in the election, it differ from Presidential election where the member of State legislature also take part.
In proportional representation an elector has right to indicate more than one preferences in his ballet paper. He can make as many preferences as the number of candidates are. However he must not mention all the preferences but at least one preference should be made for the validity of the vote. Absolute majority (51% of total vote) is required to win the election.
The three alliances have asked their members to cast their first preference vote only.
As member of different parties are gearing up for voting, this triangular contest has become the centre of attraction .UPA seems to be assured of its victory, but the result of today’s poll will be out by Friday evening to decide the fate of this triangular contest.