Jagdeep Dhankhar wins vice presidential election

NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankhar won the vice presidential election on Saturday by garnering more than 500 votes, while Margaret Alva received less than 200, the source revealed.

Dhankhar will succeed incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu, whose tenure ends on August 10.

As per the source, after counting of 725 votes that were polled, as many as 15 were found to be invalid.

Around 55 MPs did not vote in the vice presidential election held today from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Trinamool Congress, which has 36 MPs overall, including 23 in the Lok Sabha, had not voted. Two of its MPs had, however, already cast their votes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being among the first ones to cast vote. Home Minister Amit Shah and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were among the leaders who turned up early at the Parliament House.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president JP Nadda, and Commerce Minister and Leader of House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal arrived together to cast their vote.

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, BJP chief whip Rakesh Singh, Telangana Rashtra Samithi MPs and Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party’s Raghu Rama Krishna Raju vote were among the others who have cast their vote so far.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in a wheelchair and needed support to stand up and vote.

CPM MP John Brittas was among those who helped the veteran leader in exercising his franchise. The two-term prime minister greeted those present with folded hands.

The vice presidential election is open to all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members, including those who have been nominated. The combined membership of the two Houses of Parliament is 788 MPs, of which there are eight vacancies in the Upper House. As a result, 780 MPs are qualified to vote in this election.

Inputs from PTI


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