New Delhi July 6: The opposition parties will meet on July 11 for discussion on the upcoming vice presidential elections in the national capital. After opposition parties joined hands together to nominate former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as its presidential candidate, it is to be seen whether it will pick up a candidate or go with the National Democratic Alliance nominee. Till now, neither the NDA nor the Opposition have announced their candidate.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, “We have called meeting of all opposition parties on July 11. We’ll try to nominate a candidate.”
The Janata Dal United said that it will attend the meeting, if invited. “Yes if we are invited then we will surely attend the opposition meeting on vice presidential elections,” JDU leader KC Tyagi said.
The vice presidential election will be held on August 5 and the result will be declared on the same day. Members of both the Houses of Parliament will elect the vice president. 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.
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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.
The term of the present incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, will end on August 10.