Opposition party leaders to meet on July 11 to discuss Vice-Presidential election

The nominations will need to be submitted by July 18, followed by scrutiny the next day and the last date to withdraw from the election is July 21. The polling and the counting of votes will take place on August 5.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 6, 2017 12:35 pm
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Leaders of Opposition parties will meet on July 11 to discuss the upcoming Vice-Presidential election scheduled on August 5. Filing of nominations began on July 4 with the Election Commission issuing a notification. Neither the NDA nor the UPA has nominated a candidate yet. After serving two consecutive terms, the incumbent VP Hamid Ansari is scheduled to finish his term on August 10.

The nominations will need to be submitted by July 18, followed by scrutiny the next day and the last date to withdraw from the election is July 21. The polling and the counting of votes will take place on August 5.

Unlike the election of a President, the Vice President would be elected by the members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha totaling up to 790 members. A Vice-Presidential candidate requires at least 20 promoters and 20 seconders as members of Parliament to be accepted for the election.

In the Presidential election scheduled for July 17, NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, a former Governor of Bihar, will face off against Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker. Kumar was nominated by the Congress and has the backing of parties like the RJD, TMC, SP and BSP.

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    Charles
    Jul 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    Rahul Gandhi would be my choice - let me honest - I want him to loose so miserably that he goes in self exile because I don't like the Gandhi/ Nehru family. Anyway Congress party may not exist after the 2019 so at least he has this option now.
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    Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    Let us see if good sense prevails upon the Opposition Parties to act in an positive manner and support the candidature of the Ruling Party and thus save the face of the Opposition or else if Caste is being used for VP post candidature like the Presidential Polls the so called Opposition will get exposed. Alternatively not to name any person for the post having known very well that the candidate will lose if he/she stands up for the Election !!!
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