2 October 2022


"Open to all, but Influenced by None"

Margaret Alva is the Joint Opposition Candidate for Vice-President’s election against NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankar

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh also expressed his reaction..

The 77-year-old Margaret Alva served as Governor of Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. Rajiv Gandhi appointed her as a Cabinet Minister in his government, and she served in the Parliament five times.

Ankur Chatterjee: Margaret Alva, former Union minister and four-time governor, is the Opposition’s candidate for the position of Vice President of India, seasoned political leader Sharad Pawar revealed yesterday during an opposition meeting. Whereas the NDA have nominated former Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as its frontrunner for the position.

Ms Alva tweeted promptly after the nomination: “It is a privilege and an honour to be nominated as the joint opposition candidate for office of Vice President of India. I accept this nomination with great humility and applaud the opposition leaders for their faith in me”.

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh also expressed his reaction through his tweet, “The common Opposition candidate for Vice-President is Margaret Alva, former Governor, former Union Minister, long term MP, and extremely distinguished representative of India’s rich diversity”.

Margaret Alva, 77, was Goa’s 17th Governor, Gujarat’s 23rd Governor, Rajasthan’s 20th Governor, and Uttarakhand’s fourth Governor. She had been a Cabinet Minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s government and a five-time parliamentarian.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s term, which he handily won in 2017, lapses on August 10. Mr. Naidu, a former BJP president, was a Cabinet minister in the Central government at the time.

The Vice-Presidential election will take place on August 6, six days after the July 18 presidential election.

Former Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu will face off against former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha in the presidential election.

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