New Delhi : The ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has decided to field National Commission for Minorities Chairman and retired diplomat Syed Hamid Ansari as its candidate for the vice presidential election.
A consensus on his name was announced by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of the UPA.
His name was proposed by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), that supports the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Ansari is a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Iran and has also served as India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
After retirement from the foreign service, he was appointed vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.