Jagdeep Dhankhar Elected New Vice President Of India

NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar won by 346 votes as he bagged 528 of the total 725 votes that were cast. While 15 were termed invalid.

By Ashita Singh
Updated: Sat, 06 Aug 2022 08:09 PM IST
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Jagdeep Dhankhar Elected New Vice President Of India

BJP-Led NDA Candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar has been elected as the new Vice President of India on Saturday, August 6th after he won the Vice Presidential Elections 2022, defeating Oppositions' joint candidate Margaret Alva by a considerable margin. NDA candidate 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 said, Lok Sabha General Secretary Utpal K Singh.

Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh, who was the presiding officer for the 16th Vice Presidential election, said that of the 780 MPs eligible to cast votes, 725 MPs cast their vote. Fifteen votes were found invalid and 710 votes were valid.

The polling to elect the new vice president began at 10 am today and concluded at 5 pm. The counting of votes began after 6 pm.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was amongst the first leaders to cast his vote. Union Ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh and BJP president JP Nadda also cast their votes. Dr Manmohan Singh arrived in a wheelchair to cast his vote. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also cast his vote besides other MPs.

The next Vice-President of the country will take the oath of office on August 11, a day after the term of the incumbent Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu ends.

Janata Dal (United), YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK had announced support for Dhankhar. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) extended support to Alva. The Trinamool Congress abstained from the vote.

Dhankhar was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in 2019. He resigned from the post of West Bengal Governor on July 17 after his name was announced as the vice Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

The Vice President of India, which is the second-highest constitutional post in the country, is elected through an electoral college consisting of members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. The Vice President of India is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

(With Agencies Inputs)

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