Vice President Hamid Ansari filed his nomination papers for a second term this morning, flanked by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who later said he was "delighted" that there was so much support for the UPA's candidate.
"Well we are all very delighted that there is such a massive support for renomination of Hamid Ansari Saheb in the august office of the Vice President," the Prime Minister said.
Today's show of strength included UPA leaders like Sharad Pawar, TR Baalu and Farooq Abdullah, leaders of supporting parties like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad and a number of senior ministers. Two left parties - the CPM and Foward Bloc - are also supporting Mr Ansari. The Congress-led UPA expects its nominee to sail through the election, which will be held in August.