Vice Presidential poll: Venkaiah vs Gandhi today
The elections for the next Vice-President of India will be held on Saturday as members of Parliament gear up to cast their ballot. The name of the next vice president of India will be known by Saturday evening.
NDA's Vice-Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu will most likely win the elections as he is expected to bag at least 488 votes. However, with more parties coming forward to back him, Naidu is expected to win 587 out of the 787 votes in the electoral college.
The opposition has fielded Gopal Krishna Gandhi against Naidu. The BJD and the JD(U) which had supported NDA nominee Ramnath Kovind for the post of president, will be backing opposition nominee Gandhi.
Despite having severed ties with the Grand Alliance, JD (U)'s Nitish Kumar said that he would back Gandhi, a former governor of West Bengal.
The election will be held between 10 am and 5 pm tomorrow during which the Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice on the ballot provided by the Election Commission. No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot.
The election process is similar to the one deployed in the presidential poll. The VP too is elected by the electoral college comprising members of the both houses of Parliament. However, the only difference is that in the VP election the members of the state legislature are not part of the electoral college.
Electoral College for this year's election consists of the following members:
- From Rajya Sabha: 233 elected and 12 nominated members.
- From Lok Sabha, 543 elected and 2 nominated.
- The total members in the Electoral College are 790.