Jagdeep Dhankhar: 14th Vice President of India

NDA Candidate, Jagdeep Dhankhar has become the 14th Vice President of India, after beating Margaret Alva. He is the second leader from Rajasthan to become Vice President.

Highlights:

  • Out of 780 electors, including elected members of Lok Sabha and elected & nominated members of the Rajya Sabha, 725 electors put their votes.
  • Total voter turnout reached to 92.94%.
  • Jagdeep Dhankar won by 346 votes. 528 out of 725 votes were in his favour. 15 votes were termed invalid.
  • On the other hand, Margaret Alva won 182 votes.

Facts to know about Jagdeep Dhankar:

  • Jagdeep Dhankar was born on May 18, 1951, in an agrarian household in Jhunjhunu Rajasthan.
  • He did school at Sainik School, Chittorgarh and completed graduation in Physics.
  • He then pursued LLB from University of Rajasthan and started his career as an advocate at Bar Council of Rajasthan, in 1979.
  • In 1990, he became a Senior Advocate, designated by Judicature for Rajasthan High Court.
  • In 1989, he turned to politics and elected to the Lok Sabha from Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan). In 1990 he became a union minister.

In 2019, he became the Governor of Bengal. He became a headline due to his noisy relation with Trinamool Congress in Bengal. He was often accused of being an agent of the BJP. He resigned from Governor’s office on July 17, 2022 and named as Vice Presidential Candidate.

Vice President:

In India, the Vice President is considered as second highest constitutional office. Vice President is elected for a five-year term. However, he can continue to serve the office, until his successor assumes the office. He can resign from office, irrespective of five-year terms, by submitting resignation to the President. He can also be removed through a resolution of Rajya Sabha, when passed by a majority of members of Lok Sabha. The Vice President also serves as the Ex-officio Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.

Eligibility and Election:

In order to become Vice President, the person must be a citizen of India and should be above 35 years. He should also not hold any office of profit. Vice President is elected by an Electoral College, in accordance with Article 66 of constitution. Electoral College includes- Elected members of Rajya Sabha, Elected member of Lok Sabha and Nominated members of Rajya Sabha.

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