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Vice Presidential Elections: Jagdeep Dhankhar Wins With 528 Votes

Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including nominated members, are eligible to vote in the vice presidential poll.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar
Newly elected Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in an old photo. (Image: PTI/File)

New Delhi: Jagdeep Dhankhar was on Saturday elected as the new Vice President of India. NDA’s candidate and former West Bengal Governor, Dhankhar defeated Opposition pick Margaret Alva in the elections held on Saturday. Dhankhar, 71, bagged 528 votes against his Alva’s 182.

Earlier, on July 25, India got its first tribal woman President after Draupadi Murmu took charge of country’s top post. She defeated Opposition’s candidate Yashwant Sinha in the Presidential Elections held on July 18, 2022. The results were declared on July 21.

Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has decided to abstain from voting alleging lack of consultations while deciding on the name of Alva. TMC has 23 MPs in Lok Sabha and 16 in Rajya Sabha. Alva is likely to get over 200 votes, going by the support announced by parties for her candidature so far.

Here are the latest developments:

– The voting for the vice-presidential elections on Saturday came to a close at 5 pm. The results will be declared soon.

– Union ministers Rajnath Singh & Piyush Goyal along with BJP chief JP Nadda cast votes for the Vice Presidential election at Parliament.

– Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh casts his vote for the Vice Presidential election.

– Former Prime Minister and Congress MP Dr Manmohan Singh arrives at the Parliament to cast his vote for the Vice Presidential election.

– TMC MP and Parliamentary Party leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay writes to Sisir Adhikari, who is still an MP from TMC, informing him to abstain from voting for Vice President election as decided and announced by the party.

– Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Ashwini Vaishnaw cast their votes for the Vice Presidential election, at the Parliament.

– Prime Minister Narendra Modi casts his vote for the Vice Presidential election, at the Parliament.

– Voting for the Vice Presidential election begins.

Votes will be counted today itself and the next Vice-President will take the oath of office on August 11 – a day after the term of the incumbent Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu ends.

– The polling will be held from 10 am to 5 pm today.

– Polling for the Vice Presidential elections 2022 to be held today.

– With the support of some regional parties like the Janta Dal (United), YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK and Shiv Sena, the NDA nominee is likely to get over 515 votes, enough for a comfortable win for him.

– Alva received the support of regional party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) after Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) extended their support to the opposition candidate. The AIMIM has also extended its support to Alva.

– On July 18, Dhankhar filed his nomination papers before Returning Officer and Secretary General, Lok Sabha in the Parliament House. Alva filed her nomination for the vice presidential election on July 19.

– The 80-year-old Alva is a Congress veteran and has served as governor of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, while the 71-year-old Dhankhar is a Jat leader from Rajasthan with socialist background.

“If Parliament is to function effectively, MPs, independent of their parties, must find ways to rebuild trust and restore broken communication amongst each other. In the end, it is the MPs who determine the character of our Parliament,” Alva said in a fresh video message ahead of elections. She said she has seen debates and differences and yet an atmosphere of give and take, which is now lacking.

“The time has come for all parties to get together and to restore the faith and the trust in each other and restore the dignity of Parliament,” Alva said in her fresh appeal to MPs. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also hosted a dinner on Thursday night to thank all opposition MPs who are supporting Alva.

Dhankhar, on the other hand met a number of BJP MPs at his residence on Friday. These include Sushil Kumar Modi, Gautam Gambhir, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Rajendra Agrawal, Pradeep Choudhary and Kartikeya Sharma, among others. He has been meeting party MPs while seeking their support for the poll.

While the Polling will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, the ballots will be counted immediately after that. By late Saturday evening, the returning officer will announce the name of the next vice president.

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Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including nominated members, are eligible to vote in the vice presidential poll.
The term of incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10. The vice president is also the chairperson of Rajya Sabha.

The electoral college in the vice presidential election comprises a total of 788 members of both Houses of Parliament. Since all the electors are members of both Houses of Parliament, the value of vote of each MP would be the same — one, the Election Commission has said.

The election is held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote and the voting at such election is by secret ballot.

There is no concept of open voting in this election and showing the ballot to anyone under any circumstances in the case of presidential and vice-presidential elections is totally prohibited, the EC has cautioned, adding that parties cannot issue whip to its MPs in the matter of voting.

Unlike the presidential poll where voting takes place in multiple locations as elected MLAs, not nominated, also form part of the electoral college, in the vice presidential election, voting takes place in Parliament House.

(With PTI, ANI Inputs)

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