Jagdeep Dhankar to be next Vice-President

Jagdeep Dhankar (Left) congratulates President Droupadi Murmu (Centre) on July 22, 2022, after she was elected as President of India. (Photo/ Twitter-@jdhankhar1)

New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate and former West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar (71) on August 6, 2022, won the vice presidential election.

He was pitted against Opposition candidate Margaret Alva (80) . As many as 725 Members of Parliament voted in the election.

NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar 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, Lok Sabha Secretary-General Utpal K Singh was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.

Jagdeep Dhankhar will take the oath of office on August 11, a day after the term of the incumbent Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu ends.

Jagdeep Dhankhar is the second leader from Rajasthan after Bhairon Singh Shekhawat to get elected as the vice-president of India.

Earlier, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat held the office as the 11th vice-president from August 2002 to July 2007.

Villages of both Shekhawat and Dhankhar are in Shekhawati region, which comprises Sikar, Jhunjhunu and nearby areas.

While Rajput leader Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, also a former chief minister of Rajasthan, was from Khachariyawas village in Sikar district, Dhankhar is from Jhunjhunu’s Kithana village. (PW News)

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