Jagdeep Dhankhar is the new Vice President, Margaret Alva could not even get 200 votes
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will be the new Vice President of the country. She defeated her rival and opposition candidate Margaret Alva. Dhankhar got 528 votes. Of these, 15 votes were invalid. While Margaret Alva got a total of 182 votes. Thus Dhankhar defeated the opposition candidate by a margin of 346 votes. Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Kumar formally announced his victory by holding a press conference. However, the speculations of NDA candidate Dhankhar’s victory were being made from the beginning. A total of 725 MPs out of 780 exercised their franchise for the Vice-President’s election in Parliament on Saturday. 34 MPs from TMC, two from SP and Shiv Sena and one from BSP abstained from voting. Voting went on till 5 pm and counting started an hour later i.e. from 6 pm.
Many leaders including PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah congratulated Dhankhar on becoming the Vice President. Celebrations were held at the BJP headquarters in Delhi on his becoming the Vice President. BJP workers were seen dancing along with drums.
Thanks to Alva for representing the opposition: Rahul
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar on being elected as the 14th Vice President of India. At the same time, he thanked Margaret Alva for representing him as the candidate of the opposition. At the same time, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also wished Jagdeep Dhankhar.
President Draupadi Murmu congratulates NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar after being elected as the Vice President. He said that the nation would benefit from Dhankharji’s long and rich experience in public life. My best wishes for a productive and successful tenure.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar, the NDA candidate for the post of Vice President of the country, on the massive victory. He tweeted that his journey from farmer family to Vice President strengthens the faith of the people in democracy. He wrote- The whole country will get the benefit of your vast experiences and the dignity of Rajya Sabha will be strengthened.
Country will benefit from Dhankhar’s experience and legal expertise: Naidu
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s term ends on August 10. At the same time, he tweeted after the victory of the NDA candidate – ‘Heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Jagdeep Dhankharji on being elected as the fourteenth Vice President of India. Your vast experience and legal expertise will greatly benefit the nation. My best wishes for a successful and fruitful tenure.
Opposition candidate Margaret Alva has also congratulated Jagdiv Jankhar on the victory. He tweeted, ‘Congratulations to Shri Dhankhar ji on being elected as the Vice President! I want to thank all the opposition leaders and MPs of all parties who voted for me in this election. Also, to all the volunteers for their selfless service during our short but intense campaign.
Dhankhar’s victory a matter of pride: Nitin Gadkari
Congratulating Jagdeep Dhankhar, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted – Heartfelt congratulations to respected Shri @jdhankhar1 ji on being elected as the Vice President of the country. It is a matter of pride for the country to be elected as your Vice President. I am sure that your tenure as Vice-President will be a complete success.
Which MPs did not vote
A total of 55 MPs did not exercise their right to vote for the Vice Presidential election. Of these, 34 TMC MPs were involved. However, two TMC MPs took part in the voting despite orders from party chief Mamata Banerjee. These names are of Shishir and Divyendu Adhikari. Apart from this, two MPs from SP and Shiv Sena and one MP from BSP also did not vote. Two BJP MPs – Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre – also abstained from voting citing health reasons.
Singhvi arrived to cast his vote wearing PPE kit
Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi wearing PPE kit due to corona virus infection reached Parliament House and exercised his franchise.
PM Modi casts his first vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi first cast his vote after reaching the Parliament House. Apart from PM Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh cast his vote by reaching the wheel chair. Many MPs of Congress and ruling party, including Sonia Gandhi, voted.
Who is Jagdeep Dhankhar
Born in an agricultural family in a remote Kithana village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Jagdeep Dhankhar’s journey to Vice President is very interesting. Jagdeep Dhankhar had reached Parliament from Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan for the first time in 1989 as a member of the Janata Dal Party. During this time he served as the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. In 1993, he reached the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kishangarh in Ajmer district. In the year 2019, he was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal by the Central Government.