Breaking: Jagdeep Dhankhar is Elected as the India’s 14th President
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jagdeep Dhankhar, who was seen as the frontrunner as the NDA candidate, has been declared to be the next Vice President of India
Dhankhar defeated the Opposition’s pick Margater Alva to become the 14th Vice President of the country. The former West Bengal Governor’s candidature had the support of several non-BJP parties like the JDU, YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK and Shiv Sena tipping the scales heavily in his favour.
The term of incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10. The Vice President is also the chairperson of Rajya Sabha and is thus responsible for handling the affairs of the Upper House.
Around 93 per cent of MPs vote in Vice Presidential poll
Around 93 per cent polling was recorded in the Vice Presidential election on Saturday, with more than 50 MPs not exercising their franchise.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh cast their ballots early in the day, while opposition leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi voted a little after noon, the officials said.
The Trinamool Congress, which has 39 MPs, including 23 in Lok Sabha, has already announced its decision to abstain from the election. However, two of its MPs — Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari — broke ranks and cast their ballots.
Polling to elect the next Vice President of India began at 10 am, with Modi being among the first ones to vote.
The graphics show how the support for Dhankhar stacked up before the polling on Saturday.
Opposition’s support divided
Cracks were visible in opposition unity as Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress decided to abstain from voting alleging lack of consultations while deciding on the name of Alva.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have declared support for Alva, while BSP and TDP have declared support for Dhankhar. BJP and YSRCP, which had also supported the NDA’s pick in the Presidential polls, have also declared support for Dhankhar.
The 80-year-old Alva is a Congress veteran and has served as governor of Rajasthan.