2 October 2022

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Jagdeep Dhankhar elected 14th Vice President of India

Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected the new vice president of India after winning the election by a landslide margin against the opposition candidate Margaret Alva.

Ayan Mukherjee: Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected the new vice president of India after winning the election by a landslide margin against the opposition candidate Margaret Alva on Saturday. The NDA-backed candidate won the poll by 346 votes.

Dhankhar was supported by lawmakers from both chambers of parliament, including members from the NDA and other regional parties, including the Shiv Sena, YSRCP, BJD, TDP, and BSP.

“NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar prevailed by 346 votes after receiving 528 of the 725 total votes cast. The opposition candidate Margret Alva earned 182 votes in the election, with 15 ballots being declared invalid, according to Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh, who served as the election’s returning officer.

The choice of TMC to abstain from voting on the grounds of lack of knowledge significantly hurt Alva’s campaign. The opposition candidate never seemed to be in a position to win the election.

Dhankhar, a 1951-born Jaipur native, earned his physics degree from Maharaja’s College before pursuing his LLB at Jaipur University in 1978–79. After completing his schooling, he registered with the Rajasthan Bar Council and began a career as an advocate. Before being chosen to represent Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu in the Lok Sabha in 1990, he ended up practicing law at the Rajasthan High Court.

He continued in politics, rising to the positions of Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Union Minister in 1990. From 1993 to 1998, he also served as a member of the Vidhan Sabha.

He first joined the Congress when PV Narsimha Rao was the prime minister, but he later returned to the BJP because of his relationships with Vasundhara Raje and other important party figures.

Dhankhar was the governor of West Bengal until recently, but since his appointment in 2019, he has clashed with Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister. The two have been publicly at odds for the past three years, and Dhankhar has openly criticized the state administration for issues with peace and order.

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