Opposition to discuss Vice Presidential polls on July 11

RSTV Bureau

The Opposition parties will meet on July 11 to discuss the upcoming Vice Presidential elections.  The term of Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, will expire on August 10.

Hamid Ansari, Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

Hamid Ansari, Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

The Election Commission, earlier on July 4, issued a notification to file nominations for the upcoming Vice-Presidential election, slated to be held on August 6.

The Election Commission has fixed July 18 as the last date for making nominations, while July 19 will be the date for the security of nominations.

The last date for the withdrawal of candidates is July 21.

The poll, if necessary, will be conducted on August 5 and the counting will also take place on the same day.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi chairing a meeting of the opposition leaders to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Presidential elections, in New Delhi on  on Friday. Former PM Manmohan Singh, RJD leader Lalu Prasad, JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge and BSP President Mayawati are also seen. Photo-PTi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi chairing a meeting of the opposition leaders to discuss the strategy for the upcoming Presidential elections, in New Delhi on on Friday. Former PM Manmohan Singh, RJD leader Lalu Prasad, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge and BSP President Mayawati are also seen.
Photo-PTi

As of now, neither the ruling NDA nor the Opposition has announced their vice-presidential nominee.

Secretary General of Rajya Sabha, Shumsher K. Sheriff is the returning officer for the elections.

The Electoral College which elects the vice president, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, consists of elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

The total strength of the two Houses is 790, but there are some vacancies.

In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the BJP has 281 members. The NDA led by BJP, has 338 members.

In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP as of now has 56 members, while the Congress with 59 is the single largest party. With its recent wins in the recent assembly polls, the BJP is set to emerge as the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha too next year and the NDA’s tally would be close to 100.

It would, however, still be short of a majority in the upper house.