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Hamid Ansari reelected as Vice President for second term

August 7, 2012 - New Delhi

Hamid Ansari has been reelected for a second term as the Vice President of India. He beat NDA candidate Jaswant Singh by a huge margin.

The counting was started as soon as the voting ended. Ansari received 490 votes and his opponent Jaswant Singh got 38 votes. Out of the 787 MPs in both houses of the parliament, 736 MPs have exercised their franchise. The votes of eight MPs were found to be invalid. The winner needed 396 votes to win after the reduction of absentees. 34 MPs have abstained from voting – 21 from Biju Janata Dal, 11 from Telugu Desam Party and two from the RSP.

Nominated Rajya Sabha members Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha casted their votes earlier today. Ansari is only the second Vice President to get a second term after Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Ansari won the first term securing 455 votes in 2007. He beat his nearest rival Najma Heptullah by a margin of 233 votes.

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