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NDA’s nominee Jaswant Singh on Friday filed his nomination papers for the Vice-Presidential poll in the presence of opposition leaders, including L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Sharad Yadav.
Singh, whose candidature was declared by NDA on July 16, filed his papers before Returning Officer T.K. Viswanathan. Three sets of papers; one each by Advani, Sumitra Mahajan and Yashwant Sinha, supporting Mr. Singh’s candidature were submitted to Viswanathan.
Soon after filing his nomination, Singh said elections to the high offices of President and Vice-President are ‘historic moments’.
Besides Sharad Yadav and Arun Jaitley, Ananth Geete from Shiv Sena and Rattan Singh Ajnala, Harsimrat Kaur and Naresh Gujral from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) were also present on the occasion along with several BJP leaders.
Though UPA candidate Hamid Ansari is set to enter the history books as the only person after S. Radhakrishnan to get a second consecutive term as Vice-President, NDA has decided to field Singh as it does not want to give the ruling coalition a walkover.