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Voting today to elect India’s new Vice President, Jagdeep Dhankhar preferred over Margaret Alva MPNRC News

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Alleging lack of consultation while deciding on Alva’s name, it decided to stay away from the vote. Alva, 80, is a Congress veteran and has served as governor of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, while Dhankhar, 71, is a Jat leader from Rajasthan with a socialist background.

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Alva, however, received the support of regional party Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Friday, two days after Aam Aadmi Party and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) backed the opposition candidate. AIMIM has also supported Alva. With the support of some regional parties like Janata Dal (United), YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK and Shiv Sena, the NDA candidate is likely to get more than 515 votes, which is enough for him to win comfortably.

Alva is likely to get more than 200 votes, according to the support the parties have announced so far for his candidature. The Trinamool Congress, which has 23 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 16 in the Rajya Sabha, has decided to stay away from the Vice-Presidential election.

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“If Parliament is to run effectively, MPs, independent of their parties, must find ways to restore trust and restore broken communication between each other. Ultimately, it is the MPs who determine the character of our Parliament,” Alva said in a new video message ahead of the elections. She said she saw debates and disagreements and still an atmosphere of give and take, which is lacking now. “Time has come for all parties to come together and restore faith and trust in each other and restore the dignity of Parliament,” Alva said in his latest appeal to MPs. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also hosted a dinner on Thursday night to thank all opposition MPs who supported Alva.

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On the other hand, Dhankhar met several BJP MPs at his residence on Friday. These include Sushil Kumar Modi, Gautam Gambhir, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Rajendra Aggarwal, Pradeep Chaudhary and Kartikeya Sharma. He is meeting party MPs to garner support for the elections. Although voting will be held on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, the ballot papers will be counted immediately after that. In the evening, the Returning Officer will announce the name of the next Vice President.

Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including nominated members, are eligible to vote in the election to the post of Vice President. The tenure of incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10. The Vice President is also the Speaker of the Rajya Sabha.

The Electoral College in the election of the Vice President consists of a total of 788 members of both houses of Parliament. Since all voters are members of both houses of Parliament, the value of each MP’s vote will be equal – one, the Election Commission said. The election is conducted by a single transferable vote under the proportional representation system and voting in such elections is by secret ballot.

There is no concept of open voting in these elections and it is absolutely forbidden to show the ballot papers to anyone under any circumstances in the case of presidential and vice presidential elections, the Election Commission has cautioned and parties cannot issue whips to their MPs in this regard. of voting. Unlike presidential elections, where elected legislators, not nominees, vote in multiple locations as part of the electoral college, voting in the vice-presidential election takes place in Parliament House.

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