Vice Presidential Election: Modi, Manmohan, Sonia Vote

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several prominent leaders of the government and opposition exercised their franchise in the voting for the country’s vice-president on Saturday.Mr Modi was the first to vote in the Vice Presidential election. This time Jagdeep Dhankhar
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Vice Presidential Election: Modi, Manmohan, Sonia Vote




New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several prominent leaders of the government and opposition exercised their franchise in the voting for the country’s vice-president on Saturday.
Mr Modi was the first to vote in the Vice Presidential election. This time Jagdeep Dhankhar from the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Margaret Alva from the opposition are in the fray in the election of the 16th Vice President. The five-year term of the current Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is ending on August 10.
Voters include Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Members of both the Houses of Parliament will be able to vote between 10 am and 5 pm. Counting of votes will be done today. Elections are held according to the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.
The BJP alone has 394 out of 780 votes in the Vice President’s electoral college. The political parties included in the National Democratic Alliance have 441 members in Parliament. Of these, 394 belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party. Five nominated members in Rajya Sabha have also decided to support the National Democratic Alliance candidate. Apart from this, Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Telugu Desam Party, Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena-Eknath Shinde faction have also announced their support for Mr. Dhankhar.
The Trinamool Congress in the opposition camp has announced not to participate in the voting. Mr Dhankhar was earlier the Governor of West Bengal and had met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ahead of his nomination for the post of Vice President. The opposition candidate Mrs. Alva has expressed her dismay over this decision of Trinamool Congress.
The newly elected Vice President will take oath on August 14, a day after the term of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu ends.
The Vice President acts as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha as per the Constitution.

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