National Democratic Alliance candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar won the vice-presidential election, comfortably defeating the opposition’s Margaret Alva.
Dhankhar, former governor of West Bengal, polled 528 of the total 725 votes, ANI reported quoting Lok Sabha Secretary General Utpal Singh. Margaret Alva received 182 votes and 15 were declared invalid.
The numbers were stacked in Dhankhar’s favor because of fissures in the opposition. PTI had earlier reported that 55 MPs did not vote in the vice presidential election held from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday.
The Trinamool Congress with 36 MPs, including 23 in the Lok Sabha, abstained from the election. However, two of its deputies had voted.
The electoral college in the vice-presidential elections consists of a total of 788 members of both houses of parliament. Since all voters are people’s representatives, the value of the vote of each people’s representative is one.
Dhankhar has been in the limelight since he became the governor of West Bengal in July 2019 for frequent clashes with Mamata Banerjee’s government.
A lawyer by profession, Dhankhar entered politics in 1989 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan the same year and became a union minister in 1990.
Dhankhar, who practiced in the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court, was appointed as a senior advocate in 1990, the same year he became a union minister.
He was also a member of the Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha from 1993 to 1998, representing the Kishangarh constituency.