New Delhi: Hamid Ansari is likely to be the presidential candidate for UPA and its allies and is most likely to be elected as the vice president of India for the second consecutive term as per a report. The most important point to be noted is that he may face a stiff opposition from Trinamool Congress.
As per reports, Ansari's name has been finalized and a formal announcement on the name will be made on July 14 however the Trinamool Congress chief is reportedly not happy with the way Ansari played his role as Rajya Sabha Chairman during the Lokpal debate late last year and is trying to manage support for former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna or Krishna Bose as the next vice president.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also called up West Bengal Chief Minister yesterday and requested her to attend the crucial UPA meet on Saturday as reports are that Trinamool Congress may abstain from voting.
Banerjee is the only member of the UPA who has not shown any support for Congress-led UPA's candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the President polls to be held later this month. Banerjee has said that she will decide whether to back Mukherjee or opposition candidate PA Sangma three days before the election which will take place on July 19.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may back Ansari once the UPA formally declares his name. Kumar, had favoured Ansari's name for the President's post. When the Congress decided on Pranab Mukherjee's candidature, Kumar quickly announced his support for the former finance minister, breaking away from the BJP's decision to back non-Congress nominee PA Sangma.