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Move on to field Sharad Yadav against Hamid Ansari

Press Trust of India
Jul 14, 2012 at 08:48pm IST

New Delhi: As the UPA declared incumbent Hamid Ansari its candidate for Vice Presidential poll, a move is afoot in the Opposition camp to field JD-U president Sharad Yadav to ensure a contest.

Sources say a few leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as from some other opposition parties have already approached Yadav in this regard as there is a view that he can muster the support of other parties.

Yadav was a key force behind organising two Bharat Bandhs in 2012 and 2010 on petrol price hike which saw parties, including the Left, agitating on the issue the same day.

Move on to field Sharad Yadav against Hamid Ansari

Sources say a few leaders from the BJP as well as from some other opposition parties have already approached Yadav.

JD-U had been maintaining earlier that the Vice Presidential election could be a ball game different from the President election and this time, the opposition would be united in whatever decision is taken.

NDA allies JD(U) and Shiv Sena have drifted from the BJP and supported UPA Presidential poll candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

The names of Akali Dal chief Parkash Singh Badal and BJP leader Jaswant Singh had earlier done the rounds as opposition nominee for the Vice Presidential election.

"Much will also depend on what decision Mamata Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav take," an opposition leader had said hours before Ansari's candidature was announced. Since then, the SP has backed Ansari.

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