Continuing his consultations with political parties for the Vice-Presidential election,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has spoken to top CPI leaders A B Bardhan and S Sudhakar Reddy. He is learnt to have asked their view about giving a second term to incumbent Hamid Ansari.
Sources in the CPI which has decided to abstain from voting in the Presidential election arguing it cannot support a UPA nominee said it could back Ansari since he was not a Congressman. Moreover,he was the Lefts nominee in 2007.
The Prime Minister asked about my partys view on the Vice-Presidential election and inquired whether we have any proposal. I told him that we could not support the UPA in the Presidential election as we are opposed to the governments economic policies and that position stands in the Vice-Presidential election also, Reddy told The Indian Express.
We cannot support a Congress party candidate, he told the PM. The Prime Minister,Reddy said,then asked about the CPIs view on Ansari. I said we can certainly consider his name, he said. The CPIs central secretariat is meeting on July 18 to discuss and decide the partys stand on the election.
Sources said both the CPI and CPM are open to backing Ansari if the event of the UPA announcing his candidature.
Will wait for UPA to name V-P candidate: JD(U)
The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday said it would wait for the UPA to announce its nominee for the Vice-Presidential election before taking a call on the issue. It is for the Congress to take initiative and name its candidate for the Vice-Presidency, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said. The Opposition would respond to it thereafter, he added. It would not be proper to speculate about any name, he said when asked if the JD(U) had decided to support incumbent Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.