New Delhi: After scoring comfortable victory on Tuesday in vice presidential poll, Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Saturday took oath as the 14th Vice-President of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function held in New Delhi. This is his second consecutive term as the Vice-President.

In an almost one-sided contest, Ansari defeated NDA’s Jaswant Singh by a margin of 252 votes. Ansari is the second incumbent to be re-elected after philosopher-statesman S Radhakrishnan, who was the first to get two terms from 1952 to 1962.

The septuagenarian leader, who is a former career diplomat, had  got 490 votes against 238 secured by the BJP veteran, a former union minister who had held the portfolios of finance, defence and external affairs.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former President Pratibha Patil, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, BJP leaders L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, and several dignitaries, including Union Ministers and Governors attended the ceremony.

A former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Iran Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, Ansari was also the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and Chairman of the National Minorities Commission.

He is the grand-nephew of former Congress President Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, a prominent leader of the freedom struggle.
Born in Calcutta on April 1, 1937, Ansari completed his schooling from St Edwards High School in Shimla, attended the St Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, and pursued MA in Political Science at the Aligarh Muslim University, from where he also got his doctorate and later worked as a lecturer.


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