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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met newly elected Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and congratulated him on his victory. (Image: Twitter/ @narendramodi)

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New Delhi: Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the new Vice President of India on Saturday. The 70-year-old NDA candidate defeated joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva by a landslide to become the 14th Vice President of India. Dhankhar got 528 votes while 80-year-old Alva got 182 votes.

Former West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will take over from M Venkaiah Naidu, 73, whose term ends on August 10. The newly elected Vice President will take oath of office on August 11 after incumbent Naidu steps down.

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Opposition candidate Margaret Alva congratulated Dhankhar and noted that as the election draws to a close, the fight to protect the Constitution, strengthen democracy and restore the dignity of Parliament will continue.

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President Draupadi Murmu said the nation would benefit from Dhankhar’s long and rich experience in public life. “Congratulations to Jagdeep Dhankhar on his election as the Vice President of India. The country will benefit from your long and rich experience in public life. My best wishes for a productive and successful tenure,” Murmu tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Dhankhar and congratulated him on his victory.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed Dhankhar’s victory and said, “The election of farmer’s son Jagdeep Dhankhar as the Vice President of India is a matter of joy for the country. I congratulate Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar on his victory as the Vice President and Speaker of the Rajya Sabha will prove to be an exemplary guardian of the Constitution.”

As Dhankhar became the second Vice President of Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot congratulated him on his victory saying, “Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar on his election as the Vice President of India. The people of Rajasthan are happy that Shri Dhankhar has become the second Vice President of Rajasthan after Bhairosingh Shekhawat.”

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have also congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar on his victory.

Nominated by the BJP-led ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Dhankhar was expected to win as the saffron party has an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha and has 91 members in the Rajya Sabha.

Seeing the victory, BJP members started jubilation outside the residence of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, where Dhankhar was present, even before the results were announced. Dhankhar’s native village Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan witnessed a scene of joy on the occasion.

As many as 725 MPs voted in the poll, accounting for 92.94 percent of the total votes cast, an official said, adding that 15 votes were declared invalid. Members of Parliament, including nominated members, have the right to vote in the election of the Vice President.

While the Electoral College consists of 788 members, due to eight vacancies in the Rajya Sabha, the actual strength is 780. The Trinamool Congress abstained from the vote, claiming that it was not consulted while naming Alva as the opposition party. However, two of its MPs – Shishir Kumar Adhikari and Divyendu Adhikari – broke ranks and voted. The party has 36 MPs including 23 MPs in the Lok Sabha.

The voter turnout was 98.2 per cent this time when M Venkaiah Naidu was elected as Vice President in the 2017 elections.

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