Jagdeep Dhankar elected Vice-President of India

Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the vice-president this evening. Members of parliament of both houses voted to elect the next Vice-President in an election where NDA candidate Dhankhar was pitted against Opposition’s Margaret Alva.

The BJP-led NDA candidate won the election comfortably with 528 votes against Ms Alva’s 182, the voting for which took place earlier today. The number of votes required to win was 372.

The 80-year-old Margaret Alva is a Congress veteran and has served as governor of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, while the 71-year-old Jagdeep Dhankhar is a Jat leader from Rajasthan with socialist background.

Prime Minister Modi in a series of tweets congratulated Jagdeep Dhankar: “Congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji on being elected India‚Äôs Vice President with resounding support across party lines. I am confident he will be an outstanding Vice President. Our nation will gain tremendously from his intellect and wisdom. @jdhankhar1”

“I thank all those MPs who have voted for Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji. At a time when India marks Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are proud to be having a Kisan Putra Vice President who has excellent legal knowledge and intellectual prowess. @jdhankhar1”.

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