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Jagdeep Dhankhar elected 14th Vice President of IndiaOUS News

NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected India’s 14th vice-president on Saturday after beating joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva.

Dhankhar, a former governor of West Bengal, got 528 votes while Alva, 80, got 182.

The numbers were stacked in favor of Dhankhar as the ruling BJP enjoys an absolute majority in Lok Sabha and has 91 members in Rajya Sabha. The BJP leads the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Even before the announcement of the results, the celebrations had started in front of the residence of the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi where Dhankhar was present.

Joyful scenes have also been reported from Jhunjhunu of Rajasthan, the hometown of Dhankhar.

Shortly after the result was announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Dhankhar and congratulated him.

Dhankhar, 71, will succeed M Venkaiah Naidu whose term ends on August 10.

As many as 725 MPs voted in the ballot, or 92.94% of the total vote, an official said, adding that 15 votes were declared invalid.

Members of Parliament, including those appointed, have the right to vote in the vice-presidential ballot.

While the electoral college has 788 members, due to eight vacancies in Rajya Sabha, the actual membership is 780. The Trinamool Congress abstained from voting, saying it had not been consulted while nominating Alva as the opposition’s choice. However, two of its MPs – Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari – broke ranks and voted. The party has 36 MPs, including 23 in Lok Sabha.

Voter turnout this time was lower than 98.2% recorded in the 2017 elections when Mr. Venkaiah Naidu was elected Vice President.

Dhankhar’s rise to become the next vice president came as a surprise to many.

Dhankhar, who had been associated with the Janata Dal and the Congress, only joined the BJP in 2008 after a nearly decade-long hiatus when he focused on his legal career.

He has championed issues related to other backward classes including the granting of OBC status to the Jat community of Rajasthan.

The BJP described Dhankhar as “kisan putra” while announcing his candidacy for the vice-presidential election, a move seen in political circles aimed at reaching out to the politically important Jat community which had participated in the farmer protests in large numbers. which lasted for a year. at the borders of the nation’s capital against agricultural reform measures unveiled in June 2020.

Dhankhar will be sworn in on August 11, a day after incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu (73) resigned.

From pasting party posters to evolving as the embodiment of political and ideological loyalty who became one of the most visible leaders of the BJP and later Vice President of India, Naidu has traveled A long way.

He entered student politics through the ABVP and played an active role in the movement led by Jayaprakash Narayan.

Born into a humble farming family in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, Naidu served as BJP chairman, labor minister and a longtime member of the Rajya Sabha.

Known for his oratory skills, Naidu often uses interesting single lines and rhyming phrases to effectively get his point across.

Not many people know that Naidu translated the speeches of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his audience in the south.

As President of Rajya Sabha, Naidu faced difficult situations on various occasions, including protests in the House by opposition members over issues such as the now repealed Three Central Farm Bills.

For Alva, the VP election was another comeback. She had a political career spanning more than four decades during which she held several positions, including five times Congresswoman, Union Minister and Governor.

She congratulated Dhankhar on his victory.

In the past, there had been four instances where candidates had been elected unopposed to the post of Vice President who is also the President of Rajya Sabha.

In the 1992 Vice Presidential poll, KR Narayanan won 700 out of 701 valid votes while his rival Kaja Joginder Singh alias “Dharti Pakad” managed only one vote in his favour.

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