Vice-Presidential Poll-2022: Voting Today; Dhankhar, Margaret Alva in heat
Vice-Presidential Poll-2022: Voting Today; Dhankhar, Margaret Alva in heat

New Delhi: Voting for the Vice President of India will be held Saturday, August 6, as the tenure of M Venkaiah Naidu comes to an end on August 10.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, a vice-presidential candidate for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), and Margaret Alva, a nominee for the opposition, are the two contenders for the vice-presidential seat.

Dhankhar submitted his nomination papers on July 18 at the Parliament House to the Returning Officer and Secretary General of the Lok Sabha. When Dhankar submitted his candidacy, BJP president JP Nadda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari were all there.

Dhankhar, an attorney by training, entered politics in 1989. In July 2019, he was appointed governor of West Bengal, and ever since, his contentious interactions with the Mamata Banerjee administration have garnered media attention. He tendered his letter of resignation as West Bengal's governor.

The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha members make up the electoral college that chooses the vice president of India, the second-highest constitutional position in the nation.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) declared on Wednesday that it would endorse Jagdeep Dhankhar of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the upcoming vice presidential elections.

Mayawati, the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), had already declared her party's support for Dhankhar.
On July 19, Alva submitted her nomination for the vice presidential race. On July 17, opposition groups resolved to run the former governor of Rajasthan for vice president as a joint candidate. At a meeting of 17 opposition party leaders at the home of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the decision was made to field Alva. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) stated on Friday that it will endorse opposition vice presidential candidate Margaret Alva.

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