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Former Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is India’s 14th Vice President

Former West Bengal governor and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar swept the vote financial institution and coasted to victory to change into the 14th Vice President of India on Saturday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had a transparent majority within the electoral school comprising MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Jagdeep Dhankhar acquired 528 votes, defeating joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva, who bought 182 votes. Fifteen votes have been declared invalid.

The electoral school within the vice presidential ballot contains 788 members of each Houses of Parliament.

Following his election to the highest publish, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted,”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 have a Kisan Putra Vice President who has excellent legal knowledge and intellectual prowess.”

Jagdeep Dhankhar’s election as Vice President may also imply that the presiding officers of each Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha shall be from Rajasthan, among the many solely two states presently dominated by Congress governments, which by the way goes to polls subsequent 12 months.


Jagdeep Dhankhar was born on May 18, 1951 in an agrarian family in a distant village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district. After ending his education at Sainik School, Chittorgarh, he did commencement in Physics after which pursued an LLB from the University of Rajasthan.

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He grew to become one of many main legal professionals in Rajasthan and practiced in each the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court. He additionally headed the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association.

He forayed into politics in 1989 and was elected to Lok Sabha from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu the identical 12 months. He served as a minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs within the Janata Dal authorities led by Chandra Shekhar.

Jagdeep Dhankar went on to change into the Governor of West Bengal in 2019.

He has championed points associated to Other Backward Classes, together with the grant of OBC standing to the Jat neighborhood in Rajasthan.

In his private life, Jagdeep Dhankhar is often known as an avid reader and a sports activities aficionado and has been the President of the Rajasthan Olympic Association, and Rajasthan Tennis Association. He married Sudesh and so they have a daughter collectively.

(With inputs from PTI)

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