New Delhi: The election to elect the new Vice President will be held today (August 6). In this, Jagadeep Dhankar is contesting on behalf of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and Margaret Alva is contesting on behalf of the opposition parties.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure ended on July 24. In the presidential election held following this, Drarubathi Murmu contested on behalf of the ruling BJP and Yashwant Sinha on behalf of the opposition parties. Dhraupathi Murmu won and became the 2nd woman President of the country. He also holds the distinction of being the first Indian President.
In this case, the term of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will end on the 10th. Accordingly, the election to select the next Vice President will be held today.
On behalf of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Jagadeep Dhankar, who was the governor of West Bengal, has been nominated as the vice-presidential candidate. Similarly, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Margaret Alva has been fielded as the general candidate of the opposition parties.
Who can vote?
Members of state legislatures do not have the right to vote in the election of the vice president. 233 elected members of Rajya Sabha, 12 nominated members, 543 Lok Sabha members and 2 nominated members are entitled to vote.
The total number of MPs including both the Houses is 790. Their votes are considered to be votes of the public and are of equal value.
The ballot paper for the election of the Vice President will contain the names of the contesting candidates. No party symbol will be displayed.
The ballot will have two parts. One part of it will have the names of the candidates. In another section, the candidates should be ranked and numbered.
Whoever gets 50 percent of the total votes will be declared the winner.
A candidate for the post of Vice President must be a citizen of India. Must be above 35 years. Should be eligible to be elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha. The rules are not to hold lucrative government posts.
In this case, the preparations for the election of the Vice President of the Republic have been completed in the Parliament complex. Voting will begin this morning. Parliamentary secretaries and officials are looking after the arrangements for this.
In this election, support for Jagadeep Dhankar, who is contesting on behalf of the National Democratic Alliance, is high. Political commentators have said that if only BJP MPs and coalition MPs vote, he has a good chance of winning easily.
Support of TRS, Bahujan Samaj
In this case, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has recently announced that it will support opposition candidate Margaret Alva in the vice-presidential election.
In this regard, the TRS party issued a statement saying, “TRS party leader and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to support opposition general candidate Margaret Alva in the vice-presidential election. Accordingly, all 16 MPs of Telangana Rashtra Samithi are advised to vote for him.
Similarly, Margaret Alva has been supported by Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. Also, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) party led by Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal have expressed their support to Margaret Alva.
Meanwhile, opposition party candidate Margaret Alva has requested that “all MPs should vote fearlessly and without political pressure in the election of the vice president of the Republic.” In this regard, in a video posted by him on Twitter, he said, “As the election of the Vice President of the Republic is held by secret ballot and the whip order does not control, all the MPs should vote without fear. Also, a suitable candidate should be selected for this post without being subjected to political pressure. I request the MPs to cross party lines and vote for me,” he said.