New Delhi: In the Vice President election of the Republic of India, Jagadeep Dhankar, who contested on behalf of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, got a landslide victory by securing 528 votes. Margaret Alva who contested on behalf of opposition parties got only 182 votes.
The current Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s term ends on the 10th. Subsequently, the election for the new Vice President was held yesterday.
In this, former West Bengal Governor Jagadeep Dhankar contested on behalf of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and former Union Minister Margaret Alva as general candidate on behalf of opposition parties. 780 Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs are eligible to vote in this election.
39 MPs belonging to the Trinamool Congress had declared their abstention from the polls. Accordingly, they did not vote in this election.
The NDA has a total of 441 MPs including 394 BJP MPs. As 50 percent votes are required for victory, their votes alone are enough for Jagadeep Dhankar’s victory. Also, Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Telugu Desam, Akali Dal and Shiv Sena led by Eknath Shinde also extended their support to Jagadeep Dhankar, which is not in the NDA. These parties have 81 MPs.
General Opposition candidate Margaret Alva was supported by Congress, DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress, Samajwadi, Communist parties, Jharkhand Mukti Morsa, Telangana Rashtriya Samithi, Aam Aadmi Party MPs and 9 Shiv Sena MPs led by Uddhav Thackeray. .
In this case, MPs including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, and former President Rahul Gandhi cast their votes in Parliament yesterday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Then, the ballot boxes were ‘sealed’ and taken to the counting station. Counting of votes started at 6 pm yesterday.
725 out of total 780 MPs voted in this election. 55 MPs abstained. The turnout was around 93 percent. Out of 725 votes cast, 710 valid votes and 15 invalid votes.
In this, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate Jagadeep Dhankar won by securing 528 votes. He got 74.36 percent votes. Margaret Alva who contested on behalf of opposition parties got 182 votes. Jagadeep Thankar has won by a margin of 346 votes.
Supreme Court Advocate
Jagadeep Dhankar (71) from Rajasthan studied at Sainik School. Rajasthan University B.Sc. and completed his LL.B. He practiced as a lawyer in Rajasthan in 1979 and in 1990 served as a senior advocate in the Rajasthan High Court. Jagadeep Dhankar, who was the president of the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association, later served as an advocate of the Supreme Court.
Jagadeep Dhankar, a member of the Janata Dal, was an MP from Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan from 1989 to 1991. In the cabinet led by Prime Minister Chandrasekhar, he held the charge of Joint Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Department. From 1993 to 1998, he was the MLA from Kisankar constituency in Rajasthan. Joined BJP in 2008. He was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in 2019.
He resigned from the post of Governor of West Bengal on July 13 as he was announced as the candidate of the National Democratic Alliance in the Vice-Presidential election. Currently, he has been selected as the Vice President of the Republic. Jagadeep Dhankar will be sworn in as the new Vice President of the Republic on the 11th.
Greetings from Prime Minister and Leaders
After the results of the Vice President election were announced last night, Prime Minister Modi went to Jagadeep Dhankar’s house in Delhi and congratulated him with a bouquet of flowers. Similarly, President Dravupati Murmu, Kangis M.P. Rahul Gandhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin, Puducherry Chief Minister Rangasamy and governors, chief ministers and political party leaders have congratulated Jagadeep Dhankar.