NEW DELHI, India, Aug. 22, Reuter: Shankar Dayal Sharma, the governor of India’s Western State of Maharashtra, has been elected Vice-president of the country.

The returning officer for the Vice-presidential election announced yesterday that Sharma, a nominee of the ruling Congress (1) Party, had been elected unopposed after nomination papers of 26 other candidates were rejected on technical grounds.

Sharma, 69, who was also supported by opposition parties, will be sworn in on Friday. He is the country’s third Vice-president to be elected unopposed.

The post fell vacant when Ramaswami Venkataraman resigned last month to contest the Presidential election which he won.

Sharma, a former Cabinet Minister, was called to the bar from Lincoln’s Inn in the 1940s. He also studied and briefly taught law at Cambridge.

Article extracted from this publication >>  August 28, 1987