Jagdeep Dhankhar elected as 14th Vice President of India

Jagdeep Dhankhar of NDA became the 14th Vice President of India by winning the Vice Presidential election. He defeated the opposition candidate Margaret Alva. Dhankhar got 528 votes and opposition candidate Margaret Alva got 182 votes while 15 votes were invalid.

Jat Jagdeep Dhankhar was born in 1951 in a small village Kithana in Rajasthan in a farmer family.

Mr Dhankhar started out as an advocate and practiced in the Supreme Court and the Rajasthan High Court. A year after entering active politics, he was named a senior advocate in 1990.

He was closely associated with former Deputy Prime Minister of India Chaudhary Devi Lal and followed his mentor when the latter walked out of the VP Singh government and became a Union minister in the minority government led by Chandrashekhar in 1990.

He joined the Congress after PV Narasimha Rao became the Prime Minister. But with the rise of Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan, he switched ships to the BJP. Mr Dhankhar was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in July 2019.

On August 6, 2022, Mr. Dhankhar became the Vice President of India by defeating the opposition candidate Margaret Alva by 346 votes.