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Vice-Presidental Election 2022 Live: Congratulations pour in for Dhankhar on winning VP poll

By Anuj Cariappa
Google Oneindia News

New Delhi, Aug 06: NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar was declared elected as the Vice President of India on Saturday after he bagged 528 votes against his rival candidate Margaret Alva's 182.

Dhankhar, 71, will succeed M Venkaiah Naidu who demits office August 10. The returning officer of the vice presidential election said of the total 780 electors, 725 cast their ballots but 15 votes were found to be invalid.

Vice-Presidental Election 2022 Live: Jagdeep Dhankhar is new VP of India

The turnout was 92.94 per cent, he said, adding that a candidate needed 356 votes to get elected. Of all the valid votes, Dhankhar secured 74.36 per cent. He has the highest winning margin in the last six vice presidential elections held since 1997.

As many as 55 MPs did not vote in the vice presidential election held from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The Trinamool Congress, which has a total of 36 MPs, including 23 in Lok Sabha, had abstained from the election.

However, two of its MPs had cast their ballots. The numbers were stacked in favour of Dhankhar as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) enjoys an absolute majority in Lok Sabha and has clear advantage in Rajya Sabha.

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11:48 PM, 6 Aug
"Please refer to my letter dated 4 August 2022, wherein you were informed that our parliamentary party members both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would abstain from voting in the Vice-Presidential election on Saturday, 6 August 2022. "We have noted that you cast your vote in the Vice-Presidential Elections held today," Bandyopadhyay said in a letter to Adhikari.
11:27 PM, 6 Aug
The Mamata Banerjee-led party had decided not to be a part of the vice presidential poll, alleging the joint Opposition candidate was chosen without due consultation. If someone flouts the party’s guideline, it shows his or her proximity to BJP, TMC’s West Bengal spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said in Kolkata.
11:27 PM, 6 Aug
Trinamool Congress MP and Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay has written to fellow parliamentarian Sisir Adhikari asking him to explain why he participated in the vice presidential election when the party had decided to abstain from the process.
10:21 PM, 6 Aug
I am happy that the son of a farmer has become a Vice-President. He has served successfully as a (BJP) worker. Even as the Governor of West Bengal, he fulfilled his responsibilities: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
10:11 PM, 6 Aug
"Congratulations to @jdhankhar1 on being elected as the Vice President of India. Hope he can guide our country forward by strengthening the values enshrined in the Constitution," Kerala CM Vijayan tweeted
10:02 PM, 6 Aug
Met the newly elected Vice President of India, Shri @jdhankhar1 Ji and congratulated him.
9:56 PM, 6 Aug
This is a matter of happiness. Hailing from small village of Jhunjhuna, studying in Sainik schools, he entered politics, became an established lawyer & then a Governor. This shows his strengthened character. It will reflect in his term as VP as well: Union min AR Meghwal
9:40 PM, 6 Aug
I thank all those MPs who have voted for Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji. At a time when India marks Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are proud to be having a Kisan Putra Vice President who has excellent legal knowledge and intellectual prowess: PM Modi
9:40 PM, 6 Aug
Congratulations and best wishes to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar on his being elected Vice President of India: Sonia Gandhi
9:30 PM, 6 Aug
Margaret Alva ran a spirited campaign and it was too bad the TMC didn’t support her. India will have to wait for its first woman Vice President. Incidentally, it was my ministerial duty to accompany Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with her friend Margaret Alva in Bengaluru in Nov 2012: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh
9:29 PM, 6 Aug
I have known Jagdeep Dhankhar for many years, and last year he presided over an online function on my book on the Buddha. I hope he will display the sagacity and objectivity of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and the wit and humour of Venkaiah Naidu, his partymen who became VP: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh
9:20 PM, 6 Aug
Congratulations and best wishes to Thiru. @jdhankhar1 on being elected as the Vice President of India. Hope the ideals enshrined in our constitution will be upheld during your tenure besides strengthening the democratic debates in the Upper House: Tamil Nadu CM Stalin.
9:19 PM, 6 Aug
Congratulate @jdhankhar1 ji on his election as the Vice President of India. Confident that his vast knowledge and rich experience would be evident in his presiding over the Rajya Sabha: S Jaishankar tweets.
9:14 PM, 6 Aug
Outgoing Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar on winning the vice presidential poll, saying his vast experience and legal expertise will benefit the country. "Congratulations to Jagdeep Dhankhar on being elected the Vice President of India. The nation will benefit from your long and rich experience of public life. My best wishes for a productive and successful tenure," Murmu tweeted.
9:13 PM, 6 Aug
Outgoing Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar on winning the vice presidential poll, saying his vast experience and legal expertise will benefit the country.
9:05 PM, 6 Aug
Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reach the residence of newly elected Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar in Delhi.
9:00 PM, 6 Aug
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla visits the residence of Vice-President elect.
8:57 PM, 6 Aug
I am so happy, congratulate him. It was a decisive & impressive victory. He is an eminent lawyer & a farmer, this is a rare combination: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Jagdeep Dhankhar being elected VP
8:53 PM, 6 Aug
He will be a wonderful Rajya Sabha chairman, an outstanding Vice President. The nation is blessed to have the son of a farmer & an eminent jurist as VP of India. We're fortunate we will have a chance to work with him: Union Minister Piyush Goyal
8:51 PM, 6 Aug
BJP leaders including BJP National President JP Nadda, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi among others, meet with Vice President-elect Jagdeep Dhankhar at his residence in Delhi
8:50 PM, 6 Aug
PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief JP Nadda & Vice-President elect Jagdeep Dhankhar engage in a conversation, as PM Modi leaves from the residence of Dhankhar after congratulating him on being elected the Vice President of India
8:49 PM, 6 Aug
Rajasthan: Locals in Jhunjhunu, the native place of NDA's Jagdeep Dhankhar, burst into celebrations after his election the the office of Vice President of India
8:48 PM, 6 Aug
Jagdeep Dhankhar has won the Vice-Presidential election with a large majority. On the other hand, Margaret Alva got merely 182 votes. I congratulate him. He comes from a farming background. He will help address the farmers' woes: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
8:35 PM, 6 Aug
Congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar ji on being elected as the 14th Vice-President of India. Thank you to Smt @alva_margaretji for representing the spirit of the joint Opposition with grace and dignity.
8:32 PM, 6 Aug
PM Narendra Modi meets Vice-President elect Jagdeep Dhankhar soon after his election to the office, at his residence in Delhi.
8:29 PM, 6 Aug
NDA's Jagdeep Dhankhar duly elected to the Office of the Vice President of India
8:28 PM, 6 Aug
This election is over. The battle for protecting our Constitution, strengthening our democracy & restoring the dignity of Parliament, will continue: Margaret Alva
8:28 PM, 6 Aug
It is my belief that by doing so, these parties and their leaders have damaged their own credibility: Margaret Alva
8:27 PM, 6 Aug
This election was an opportunity for the opposition to work together, to leave the past behind & build trust amongst each other. Unfortunately, some opposition parties chose to directly or indirectly support the BJP, in an attempt to derail the idea of a united opposition: Margaret Alva
8:27 PM, 6 Aug
I would like to thank all the leaders of the Opposition, and MPs from across parties who voted for me in this election. Also, all the volunteers for their selfless service during our short but intense campaign. Margaret Alva

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