New Delhi: NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar declared the Vice President of India. National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar and Opposition nominee Margaret Alva were the two contesting candidates for election to the Office of the Vice President.
The election concluded at 5pm on Sunday.
- NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar declared the Vice President of India.
- Jagdeep Dhankhar won by 346 votes as he bagged 528 of the total 725 votes that were cast. While 15 were termed invalid, Opposition candidate Margret Alva received 182 votes in the election.
- The voting to elect the country’s 14th Vice President concluded at 5pm on Saturday.
- Congress interim President cast her vote along with other prominent leaders like Manmohan Singh.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote along with other parliamentarians for the vice-presidential elections on Saturday.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah also cast his vote in Parliament.
- On July 18, Dhankhar filed his nomination papers before Returning Officer and Secretary General, Lok Sabha in the Parliament House.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and BJP chief JP Nadda were present when Dhankar filed his nomination.
- The vice president of India, the country’s second-highest constitutional post, is elected through an electoral college consisting of members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
- Dhankhar, who is a lawyer by profession, joined politics in 1989. He became the governor of West Bengal in July 2019 and has made headlines since then over his tumultuous relations with the Mamata Banerjee government. He tendered his resignation as the Governor of West Bengal.
On Wednesday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) announced its support for the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar in the upcoming vice presidential elections.
- Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati announced her party’s support for Dhankhar.
- Meanwhile, Alva filed her nomination for the vice presidential election on July 19. Opposition parties on July 17 decided to field the former Rajasthan Governor as their joint candidate for the vice presidential election.
- The decision to field Alva was taken at a meeting of Opposition leaders of 17 parties at the residence of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.
- On Friday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) announced to support Opposition candidate Margaret Alva for the vice-presidential elections.
- In 2017, the NDA nominated Venkaiah Naidu as its candidate for the vice-presidential election and his term ends on August 10, 2022.