New Delhi: UPA nominee Hamid Ansari appears set for a second term as Vice President, as all indications are that he will emerge as clear winner against the NDA's Jaswant Singh in a direct contest for the post on Tuesday. Ansari has the backing of the UPA and its allies, as well as a number of other parties including the Left. He is reportedly confident of winning at least 500 votes. A total of 788 Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs are eligible to vote in the poll to elect the 14th Vice President. Unlike the Presidential poll held last month, which saw a split in the NDA with the JD(U) and the Shiv Sena breaking ranks to vote for UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee, Jaswant Singh has the backing of a united NDA for his Vice Presidential bid. The BJP has 114 members in the Lok Sabha and 49 in Rajya Sabha; the JD(U) 20 and nine; the Shiv Sena 11 and four; and the Shiromani Akali Dal four and three respectively.
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