sworn-in: President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Mohammad Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma after Mr. Ansari was sworn in Vice-President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday.
NEW DELHI: Mohammad Hamid Ansari was on Saturday sworn in as the country’s 13th Vice-President.
The oath of office was administered by President Pratibha Patil at a brief ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Clad in a sherwani, Mr. Ansari took the oath in English and was greeted with a thunderous applause by distinguished guests, who included Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Mr. Ansari, who was the common candidate of the UPA-Left combine, posted an impressive victory on Friday in the Vice-Presidential polls which witnessed a triangular contest.
Among those who attended the swearing-in ceremony were Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee; Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L.K. Advani; and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha K. Rahman Khan, Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and S.Y. Qureshi and several Cabinet Ministers attended the ceremony. Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechuri and Communist Party of India (CPI) MP D. Raja were also present.
Chennai Special Correspondent reports:
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has congratulated Mohammad Hamid Ansari on his election as the Vice-President. In a message here on Saturday, Mr. Karunanidhi said, “The country is quite confident that you will definitely safeguard the secular and democratic traditions.”
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Ansari temporarily homeless after being sworn in as VP
Sunday August 12 2007 16:54 IST
NEW DELHI: Mohammed Hameed Ansari found himself homeless after being sworn-in as Vice President and was taken to Haryana Bhavan, which will serve as a makeshift residence for him for the time being.
Officials in the estate department were seen running from pillar to post when they realised that the designated house for the Vice President had not been vacated by the previous incumbent, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
After reviewing several premises, Haryana Bhavan was selected by officials as the makeshift residence for the new Vice President even as efforts were doubled to ready a new residence for Shekhawat, who is likely to shift there tomorrow, official sources said.
The estate department informed the Union Home Ministry minutes before Ansari's swearing-in ceremony that accommodation had been arranged for him in Haryana Bhavan so that the Ministry could provide the necessary security cover for him there.
Angry bureaucrats in the Home Ministry pulled up officials in the estate department, which is under the Union Urban Development Ministry, for the goof-up, the sources said.
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Articles and book reviews by Hamid Ansari
The Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Mohammad Hamid Ansari has handled an impressive range of assignments in a career spanning over 45 years. These positions include co-chairman of the India-U.K. Round Table, a member of the National Security Advisory Board and convener (and later chairman) of the Petroleum Ministry's advisory committee on Oil Diplomacy for Energy Security.
Mr.Ansari was nominated as the United Progressive Alliance-Left's Vice-Presidential candidate on July 20. He has a deep interest in West Asian affairs. He has written extensively on the subject, including in The Hindu , where his latest column appeared on July 11. Mr. Ansari edited the book, Iran Today: Twenty Five Years After the Islamic Revolution.
Links are provided here to his articles and book reviews in THE HINDU and Frontline.
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