Former West Bengal Governor and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar will take oath as the 14th Vice President of India on Thursday. President Draupadi Murmu will administer the oath of office to the elected Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 11:45 am. Dhankhar was elected Vice President on 6 August. She defeated Margaret Alva of the opposition. The proof of election of Jagdeep Dhankhar as the next Vice President of India was signed by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anoop Chandra Pandey on 7 August.
BJP led NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar defeated Alva by 528 votes to 182 votes. The Vice President is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Dhankhar secured 74.36 per cent votes. He has the highest victory margin in the last six vice-presidential elections held since 1997.
According to the Returning Officer of the Vice Presidential Election, 725 of the total 780 voters exercised their franchise. Of these, 15 votes were found to be invalid. The turnout was 92.94 percent. A candidate needs 356 votes to be elected.The Trinamool Congress, which has a total of 36 MPs, including 23 in the Lok Sabha, had avoided the election. However, two of its MPs voted. 55 MPs did not vote in the Vice Presidential election.
Born on 18 May 1951 in a farmer family in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Dhankhar completed his schooling from Sainik School, Chittorgarh. After completing his graduation in Physics, he did his LLB from Rajasthan University. He became one of the leading lawyers of the state.Dhankhar, 71, practiced in both the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court of India. He entered public life after being elected an MP from Jhunjhunu on a Janata Dal ticket in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections. He also served as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in 1990. His politics was initially influenced by Devi Lal, the former Deputy Prime Minister.