Vice-President election 2022 live | Voting to begin at 10 am; numbers stacked in favor of NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankhar

Jagdeep Dhankhar is the ruling alliance nominee and Margaret Alva the Opposition candidate

Jagdeep Dhankhar is the ruling alliance nominee and Margaret Alva the Opposition candidate

Members of Parliament of both houses will vote on August 6 to elect the next Vice President of India in an election where NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar is pitted against Opposition pick Margaret Alva. With numbers stacked in favor of the NDA, former West Bengal governor Dhankhar is set for an easy win.

Cracks were visible in Opposition unity as Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress decided to abstain from voting alleging a lack of consultations while deciding on the name of Ms. Alva. The 80-year-old is a Congress veteran and has served as governor of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, while the 71-year-old Mr. Dhankhar is a Jat leader from Rajasthan with socialist background.

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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. Ms. Alva is likely to get over 200 votes, going by the support announced by parties for her candidature so far.

While 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.

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.

Here are the latest updates from the Vice-President election 2022:

August 5

BJP organizes VP poll mock drill for NDA MPs

The BJP on Friday organized a mock voting drill for NDA coalition MPs ahead of the Vice-Presidential election. BJP president JP Nadda and several Union ministers were present during the exercise. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Union Minister Bhupender Yadav oversaw it.

After the exercise, NDA’s Vice-Presidential nominee Jagdeep Dhankar reached Parliament and thanked the MPs of the ruling alliance for nominating him as their candidate. – PTI


Where is the south in this whole set-up, asks Margaret Alva

The Opposition’s Vice-Presidential candidate, Margaret Alva, who never shies away from a good fight, has made the election about ‘non-representation’ of South India in the country’s top leadership. Read edited excerpts from an interview with the candidate.


Why the BJP picked Jagdeep Dhankhar for Vice-President

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who was declared the NDA’s candidate for Vice-President on Saturday, has had a career in public life that stretches to over three decades. He had been a lawyer in the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court, was elected MP from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on a Janata Dal ticket in 1989, and an MLA in Rajasthan in 1993. He was also Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs at the Centre. in 1990.


Margaret Alva, a veteran of political comebacks

A five-term member of Parliament, former Union Minister and former Governor, Margaret Alva’s achievements made her a unanimous choice of the Opposition parties, which are contesting the Vice-Presidential (VP) polls more to prove the point that they are ready for a fight despite the odds to win.


Jagdeep Dhankhar | The party loyalist

On July 30, 2019 when Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath as the Governor of West Bengal, not many in the political and social circles were familiar with his name. The last public office Mr. Dhankhar was held in 1998 as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan, more than two decades before assuming the office of a Governor. Cut to 2022: The 71-year-old politician has been nominated as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). What has led to his fame perhaps is his eventful but rather controversial term as the Governor of West Bengal.


AAP, JMM announce support to Margaret Alva

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will support joint Opposition candidate Margaret Alva in the August 6 Vice-Presidential election. The party’s political affairs committee “unanimously” decided to support Alva after a meeting chaired by its national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP’s spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said on Tuesday.


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