Vice Presidential election: NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar declared victorious, defeating opposition candidate Margaret Alva
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar has been declared victorious in the elections held on Saturday for the election of the new Vice President of the country. He was pitted against joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva.
While Dhankhar got 528 votes, Alva had to be satisfied with only 182 votes, while 15 votes were declared invalid. More than 390 votes were needed to win. The current strength of the parliament is 788, out of which only BJP has 394 MPs.
In terms of statistics, the victory of former West Bengal Governor Dhankhar was already considered certain. Now in a short while Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda will go to meet Dhankhar.
Dhankhar is 71 years old and belongs to the influential Jat community of Rajasthan. His background has been socialist. Dhankhar was supported by Janata Dal (United), YSR Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, AIADMK and Shiv Sena.
Eighty-year-old Alva, who was defeated in the elections, is a senior Congress leader and has also served as the Governor of Rajasthan. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) had announced Alva’s support.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) also supported Alva. All the members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are included in the electoral college for the Vice Presidential election. Nominated members are also eligible to vote in this.