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Vice-presidential Poll: PM Modi, BJP Chief Nadda Meet VP-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar

The former Bengal governor won by 346 votes against opposition candidate Margaret Alva. He bagged 528 out of a total of 725 votes cast while Alva got 182

News18.com | August 06, 2022, 22:37 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Vice-President designate Jagdeep Dhankar during a meeting in Delhi on Aug 6. BJP National President JP Nadda is also seen. (Image: PTI)

Candidate for the National Democratic Alliance, Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the 14th vice president of India on Saturday as he defeated the opposition’s candidate Margaret Alva. Dhankhar, a former governor of West Bengal, secured 528 votes against Alva’s 182. His victory margin was the highest since 1997.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the vice president-elect to congratulate him soon after his win and hailed the Read More

Aug 06, 2022 22:36 IST

TN Guv, CM Stalin Greet Jagdeep Dhankar

Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi and chief minister MK Stalin on Saturday greeted Jagdeep Dhankar for winning the vice presidential election. Dhankhar won the poll bagging 528 votes against his rival candidate Margaret Alva’s 182. “Governor Thiru RN Ravi extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to Thiru Jagdeep Dhankar, @jdhankhar1 on him being elected the Vice-President of India,” a Raj Bhavan tweet said. Stalin, while greeting the Vice-President elect, hoped “the ideals enshrined in our Constitution will be upheld during your tenure besides strengthening the democratic debates in the Upper House.” “Congratulations and best wishes to Thiru @jdhankhar1 on being elected as the Vice President of India,” Stalin tweeted. Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder Dr S Ramadoss also congratulated Dhankar.

Aug 06, 2022 22:34 IST

Outgoing VP Naidu Congratulates Dhankhar

Outgoing Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar on winning the vice presidential poll, saying his vast experience and legal expertise will benefit the country. “Heartiest congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankar Ji on being elected as the 14th Vice President of India. The nation will greatly benefit from your vast experience and legal expertise. My best wishes for a successful and fruitful tenure,” the Vice President Secretariat tweeted, quoting Naidu. The vice president also spoke with Dhankhar over the telephone to convey his greetings.

Aug 06, 2022 22:03 IST

'At the Time of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav': PM Modi Hails 'Kisan Putra' Dhankhar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Saturday to hail Jagdeep Dhankhar’s Victory in the elections for the post of vice-president. He said the kisan putra had been elected VP at a time when India was observing “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”. “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,” Modi tweeted.

Aug 06, 2022 21:58 IST

'Hailing from a Small Village of Jhunjhuna...': Union Minister on VP-elect Dhankhar

Union minister AR Meghwal said it was a matter of happiness that Jagdeep Dhankhar was the new vice-president of India. He said Dhankhar hails from a small village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhuna, and went to Sainik schools. “This is a matter of happiness. Hailing from small village of Jhunjhuna, studying in Sainik schools, he entered politics, became an established lawyer and then a governor. This shows his strengthened character. It will reflect in his term as VP as well,” he added.

Aug 06, 2022 21:55 IST

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh Pay Dhankhar a Visit

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh Pay Dhankhar a Visit

Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh Pay Dhankhar a Visit

(Union home minister Amit Shah, seen above, and defence minister Rajnath Singh, seen on top, with vice-president elect Jagdeep Dhankhar at his residence on Saturday. Image: ANI)

Aug 06, 2022 21:52 IST

LS Speaker OM Birla Meets Dhankhar

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla visited the residence of vice-president elect Jagdeep Dhankhar in Delhi on Saturday, to congratulate him on winning the elections.

LS Speaker OM Birla Meets Dhankhar

(Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla at vice-president elect Jagdeep Dhankhar’s residence on Saturday. Image: ANI)

Aug 06, 2022 21:48 IST

Wishes Pour In for Vice President-elect Dhankhar

Wishes poured in on social media from friend and foe alike for vice president-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, BJP national president JP Nadda as well as some union ministers personally met and congratulated the NDA candidate on winning the elections on Saturday. Union minister Piyush Goyal, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi were among those who met Dhankhar at his residence in Delhi. “He will be a wonderful Rajya Sabha chairman, an outstanding Vice President. The nation is blessed to have the son of a farmer and an eminent jurist as VP of India. We’re fortunate we will have a chance to work with him,” Goyal said. Joshi, meanwhile, said, “I am so happy, congratulate him. It was a decisive and impressive victory. He is an eminent lawyer and a farmer, this is a rare combination.”

Aug 06, 2022 21:36 IST

Margaret Alva Merely Got 182 Votes: Khattar Aftr Dhankhar's Win

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday congratulated vice president-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar and said he had won with a large majority. “On the other hand, Margaret Alva got merely 182 votes. I congratulate him. He comes from a farming background. He will help address the farmers’ woes,” Khattar added.

Aug 06, 2022 21:26 IST

WATCH | Locals in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu Celebrate Jagdeep Dhankhar's Win

Locals in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu, the native place of Jagdeep Dhankhar, burst into celebrations after he was declared the vice-president of India on winning the polls.

Aug 06, 2022 20:40 IST

PM Modi Meets Vice President-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met vice president-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday evening to congratulate him on his win. BJP president JP Nadda also met Dhankhar at the residence of union minister Pralhad Joshi. The meetings came soon after Dhankhar was declared winner in the vice presidential election with 528 votes in his favour against 182 bagged by joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva. PTI

Aug 06, 2022 20:36 IST

Cong Leader Rahul Gandhi Congratulates Dhankhar

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar for becoming the 14th vice-president of India. He also thanked opposition candidate Margaret Alva for “representing the spirit of joint-opposition”.

Aug 06, 2022 20:31 IST

PM Modi Congratulates Dhankhar on Becoming Vice-President

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday to congratulate him on winning the vice-presidential polls.

PM Modi Congratulates Dhankhar on Becoming Vice-President

(Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar’s residence to congratulate him on Saturday. Image: ANI)

Aug 06, 2022 20:28 IST

Margaret Alva Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Dhankhar

The opposition’s vice-presidential candidate Margaret Alva conceded defeat and congratulated NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankhar on winning the polls on Saturday. But, she said some opposition parties had decided to support the BJP. She secured 182 votes and was defeated by over 300. She tweeted: “Unfortunately, some opposition parties chose to directly/indirectly support BJP, in an attempt to derail the idea of a united opposition… damaging their own credibility,” adding, “this election is over. The battle for protecting our Constitution, strengthening our democracy and restoring the dignity of Parliament, will continue.” She thanked opposition members and MPs from across parties who voted for her. She also thanked volunteers for their service during her campaign.

Aug 06, 2022 20:17 IST

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Congratulates Dhankhar

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday congratulated NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar on winning the vice-presidential polls. He tweeted: “His long public life, wide experience & deep understanding of people’s issues will certainly benefit the nation. I’m confident that he’ll make an exceptional VP & RS Chairman.” After meeting Dhankhar at his residence, Singh told the media, “I am happy that the son of a farmer has become a Vice-President. He has served successfully as a (BJP) worker. Even as the Governor of West Bengal, he fulfilled his responsibilities.”

Aug 06, 2022 20:15 IST

'Kisan Putra' Dhankhar Being Chosen as Vice-President 'Matter of Joy for India'

Union home minister Amit Shah took to Twitter on Saturday to congratulate NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar for becoming the Vice-President. He called him ‘kisan putra’ and said his election to the post was a matter of joy for Indians as he has been constantly associated with public life. “Kisan Putra Shri @jdhankhar1 ji being elected as the Vice President of India is a matter of joy for the whole country. Dhankhar ji has been continuously associated with the public in his long public life. The Upper House will definitely benefit from the close understanding of the ground issues and their experience,” he tweeted. Shah also said Dhankhar will be an able guardian of the Constitution as chairman of Rajya Sabha. He also thanked NDA allies, other parties and MPs for supporting Dhankhar in the polls. “I am sure that as Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha @jdhankhar1 ji will prove to be an ideal guardian of the Constitution. I congratulate him on this victory. Also, under the leadership of Modi ji, I express my gratitude to NDA allies, other parties and members of parliament for supporting Dhankhar ji.”

Aug 06, 2022 20:09 IST

Nadda Arrives to Congratulate Dhankhar

BJP chief JP Nadda arrived at the residence of NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar in Delhi on Saturday, as soon as he won the vice-presidential polls and was declared Vice-President of India.

Nadda Arrives to Congratulate Dhankhar

(BJP national president JP Nadda arrives at Jagdeep Dhankhar’s residence on Saturday. Image: ANI)

Aug 06, 2022 19:56 IST

NDA's Jagdeep Dhankhar is New Vice-President

NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar was declared vice-president of India on Saturday, after he won by 346 votes in the elections against opposition candidate Margaret Alva. He bagged 528 out of a total of 725 votes cast while 15 were termed invalid. Alva secured 182 votes in the election. Lok Sabha general secretary Utpal K Singh made the announcement, saying, “Out of 780 electors comprising elected and nominated members of the Rajya Sabha and elected members of Lok Sabha, 725 electors cast their vote. The total voter turnout was 92.94 per cent.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to congratulate Dhankhar for his win in the elections.

NDA's Jagdeep Dhankhar is New Vice-President

NDA's Jagdeep Dhankhar is New Vice-President

Aug 06, 2022 19:00 IST

Counting Process Underway

The counting of votes began for the vice-presidential elections on Saturday evening. The results will soon be announced, even as NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar reached parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi’s residence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also visit Joshi’s residence to congratulate Dhankhar. The counting started at 6 pm under the supervision of the Lok Sabha secretary general, who is the returning officer for the poll.

Counting Process Underway

(The counting of votes is underway for the vice-presidential elections. Image: ANI)

Aug 06, 2022 18:12 IST

93% of MPs Vote

Close to 93 per cent polling was recorded in the vice presidential election on Saturday, with over 50 MPs not exercising their franchise. Officials said of the total 780 MPs, as many as 725 MPs voted till 5 pm when the polling concluded. 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.

Aug 06, 2022 15:58 IST

Vice-presidential Poll: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh Casts His Vote

Vice-presidential Poll: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh Casts His Vote
Congress MP Jairam Ramesh casts his vote for the election of the Vice President, at Parliament House in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
kisan putra’s victory saying it was at a time when India was observing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Wishes poured in from various quarters after the election result was announced with President Droupadi Murmu, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Alva congratulating Dhankhar. The nation will benefit from Dhankhar’s long and rich experience in public life, the president tweeted.

Dhankhar, 71, will take oath as vice-president on August 11, a day after incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu’s tenure ends. He will be the second vice president from Rajasthan after Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who held the office between 2002 and 2007.

With Dhankhar’s election, the presiding officers of both houses of parliament will be from Rajasthan. The vice president is the chairperson of Rajya Sabha. Currently, Om Birla who was elected to Lok Sabha from Rajasthan’s Kota is the Lok Sabha speaker. The numbers were stacked in favour of Dhankhar as the ruling BJP enjoys an absolute majority in Lok Sabha and has 91 members in Rajya Sabha. The BJP heads the NDA.

Even before the results were announced, celebrations had started outside the residence of parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi where Dhankhar was present. Soon after the announcement of the result, PM Modi met Dhankhar and congratulated him.

Joyous scenes were also reported from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu, the hometown of Dhankhar. Announcing the poll result, Lok Sabha secretary-general and returning officer Utpal Kumar Singh said 725 MPs cast their ballots and 15 votes were declared invalid. A candidate required at least 356 votes to win the election.

The voter turnout of 92.94 per cent this time was lower than 98.2 per cent recorded in the 2017 election when Naidu was elected. Members of parliament, including nominated ones, are eligible to vote in the vice presidential poll.

The electoral college comprises 788 members, but due to eight vacancies in Rajya Sabha, the actual strength was 780. The Trinamool Congress had abstained from voting claiming it was not consulted while naming Alva as the opposition pick. However, two of its MPs — Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari — broke ranks and cast their ballots. The party has 36 MPs, including 23 in Lok Sabha.

The polling at the Parliament House began at 10 am and concluded at 5 pm. Prime Minister 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.

Home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president JP Nadda were among the leaders who turned up early at the Parliament House. Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi, who has contracted Covid-19, voted wearing a PPE kit.

“Satisfied that I could perform my duties as a third term parliamentarian in the #VP elections, even if in extraterrestrial attire!” he tweeted. A total of 55 MPs did not turn up to cast their votes, notable among them were BJP MPs Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre, the Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shafiqur Rahman Barq.

Seven MPs from the Shiv Sena, including Sanjay Raut who is in jail in connection with a money laundering case, did not vote. Two MPs from the BSP and one from the AAP also did not vote. The counting of votes began at 6 pm and Dhankhar was declared elected just before 8 pm.

Dhankhar, who had been associated with the Janata Dal and the Congress, joined the BJP only in 2008 after a hiatus of nearly a decade when he concentrated on his legal career. A man of many interests, Dhankhar’s long legal career at the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court and a brief stint as the junior parliamentary affairs minister at the Centre is expected to come in handy as he presides over Rajya Sabha.

He has championed issues related to Other Backward Classes, including the grant of OBC status to the Jat community in Rajasthan. The BJP described Dhankhar as “kisan putra” while announcing his candidature for the vice presidential election, a move seen in the political circles aimed at reaching out to the politically significant Jat community, which had taken part in massive numbers in the year-long farmers’ protests on the borders of the national capital against agriculture reform measures unveiled in June 2020.

Alva, 80, congratulated Dhankhar on his victory, and said while this election is over, the battle for protecting the Constitution, strengthening democracy and restoring Parliament’s dignity will continue. Shah congratulated Dhankhar and said he will prove to be an ideal guardian of the Constitution while holding the post besides functioning as chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

“It is a matter of joy for the nation that a farmer’s son, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, has been elected as the Vice President of India. As Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar will prove to be an ideal guardian of the Constitution, I congratulate him on this victory,” he said in a message. Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin tweeted, “Congratulations and best wishes to Thiru. @jdhankhar1 on being elected as the Vice President of India. Hope the ideals enshrined in our constitution will be upheld during your tenure besides strengthening the democratic debates in the Upper House.”

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