The 15th President of the Indian republic has been elected, and now it is time that the nation delves into the election of the Vice-President, the second highest constitutional office.
The responsibility of the Vice-president is to perform the role of chairman of Rajya Sabha. The 2022 elections for the vice-president of India will be held on August 6.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has announced Jagdeep Dhankhar as their vice-presidential candidate. And the opposition, led by the Indian National Congress (INC), has announced that Margaret Alva will be their vice-presidential candidate. Results for the vice-presidential election will likely be declared on the same day as polling on August 6.
How is the vice-president of India elected?
The vice-president of India is elected by an electoral college which consists of the members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, the two legislatures of the Indian parliament. The nominated members from both the houses are eligible to vote. Voting is done through a secret ballot. And there are 543 members in the Lok Sabha, 237 members in the Rajya Sabha and a total of 780 total members participating in the vice-presidential election.
Jagdeep Dhankhar is a 71 year old leader from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and he is the presidential pick from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and he was born on 18 May, 1951 in Kithana Village, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan to The late Shri Ch. Gokal Chand and the late Smt. Kesari Devi who were farmers.
Dhankar is a former lawyer, and he has also served as the governor of West Bengal from July 2019 to July 2022. Dhankar has served as a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, member of parliament, and a Minister of State in the Indian government as well.
NDA Vice Presidential candidate Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar with Hon'ble Lok Sabha Member Parliament from Sikar Shri @MPSumedhanand @LokSabhaSectt, Lok Sabha Member Parliament from Ajmer Shri @mpbhagirathbjp and Shri @Sunil_Deodhar @BJP4India pic.twitter.com/VqqQwx3M3n
— Jagdeep Dhankhar Vice-President of India (@jdhankhar1) August 3, 2022
Margaret Alva is an 80 year old Congress leader, and she is the pick for Vice President candidate from the Opposition. Margaret was Born in Mangalore and she has been elected to the Rajya Sabha four times and also won a Lok Sabha election.
Margaret has also served as a Union Minister of State and held the post of governor in states like Uttarakhand,Goa, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
I enjoyed meeting our lady MPs from across parties in Parliament today. Their energy is infectious! There is much that binds us together as women. I thank them all for their affection and their words of encouragement.
— Margaret Alva (@alva_margaret) August 1, 2022
In politics it is definitely hard to pick a clear winner but this time it is pretty clear that Jagdeep Dhankar could be the winner of Vice-Presidential Elections as the majority in both the houses is of BJP and the way Draupadi Murmu won the Presidential Elections with majority it is clear that Dhankar could be the next Vice-President of India.