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NDA to finalise vice prez nominee today

NDA to finalise vice prez nominee today
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance will finalise its vice presidential nominee Monday amid Najma Heptulla's name doing the rounds, party leaders said. The BJP will consult its allies at a meeting in the capital even as the ruling United Progressive Alliance [UPA] has already decided to re-nominate incumbent Hamid Ansari for the post. BJP leaders said that the meeting of NDA allies have been scheduled Monday following which the combine will announce its candidate.

‘We have decided to contest the vice presidential election. We will announce our candidate after due deliberations and consulting our allies,’ said BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar. With the BJP deciding to fight the poll, Ansari, won't get a walkover and a contest is imminent. BJP sources said that the party was considering the Janata Dal-United president and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav and BJP leader Najma Heptullah. Heptullah unsuccessfully contested for the post against Ansari in 2007.

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