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Jagdeep Dhankhar, 14th vice president-elect: All you need to know

After marking a landslide victory in the vice presidential election, Jagdeep Dhankhar is ready to swear in for the position on 11 August. The former Bengal governor garnered 528 votes against Margaret Alva who got 182 votes. Eminent personalities like Prime Minister Modi, Governor RN Ravi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, etc congratulated India's new vice president on Twitter.

Jagdeep Dhankhar won the vice presidential election with 72.8% votes and recorded a poll-victory margin that is the highest since the 1992 election.

How Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected vice president

On 16 July 2022, the BJP nominated Dhankhar as the National Democratic Alliance's candidate for vice president for the 2022 election the following month. Dhankhar was projected as a farmer’s son by the BJP. He contested against a partially united opposition's candidate Margaret Alva, a former union minister and governor from the Indian National Congress.

On 18 July 2022, Dhankar filed his nomination papers for the Vice-president elections. He was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other union ministers and BJP politicians.

The election went underway on 6 August and the same evening, the votes were counted. Dhankar emerged victorious by securing 528 votes out of the 725 MP votes from the lower and upper houses polled. He is set to assume the office of vice president on 11 August 2022. All India Trinamool Congress abstained from the election, with only two members voting.

Early life and career in law

Jagdeep Dhankhar completed his school education at Sainik School, Chittorgarh and then graduated with BSc and LLB from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Dhankhar completed his primary and middle school education at Kithana Government School and Ghardhana Government School respectively. Kithana is a small village in Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.

Jagdeep Dhankhar was born on 18 May 1951 to Gokal Chand and Kesari Devi in a Hindu Jat family. He married Sudesh Dhankhar in 1979, and they have a daughter, Kamna.

Jagdeep Dhankhar enrolled with the Bar Council of Rajasthan as an Advocate in 1979. He was designated as Senior Advocate by the High Court of Judicature for Rajasthan in 1990 and was the senior-most designated senior advocate of the state till taking the oath as Governor on 30 July 2019. Since 1990, he had been practising primarily in the Supreme Court of India. He has appeared in various High Courts of India. He is a former President of Rajasthan High Court Bar Association, Jaipur.

Jagdeep Dhankhar appeared in the Sutlej River water dispute in 2016, arguing on behalf of the state of Haryana in the Supreme Court.

Political career

Jagdeep Dhankhar was a member of parliament from the Jhunjhunu constituency in Rajasthan during 1989–91 in the 9th Lok Sabha, representing Janata Dal. He was also a former MLA from Kishangarh, Rajasthan during 1993–98 in the 10th Rajasthan. He served as the minister of state for parliamentary affairs in the Chandrashekhar ministry.

The most memorable stint of Jagdeep Dhankhar in the recent past began on 20 July 2019 when the Modi government recommended his name to then-President Ram Nath Kovind to appoint him as governor of West Bengal. TB Radhakrishnan, Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court administered the oath of office to Jagdeep Dhankhar on 30 July 2019 at the Raj Bhavan, Kolkata.

After becoming the governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar had frequent altercations with the state government and chief minister of the state Mamata Banerjee throughout his tenure. He had been a vocal critic of the third Banerjee ministry for its management of the 2021 -poll violence in West Bengal.

On 13 July 2022, Jagdeep Dhankar resigned as governor on 17 July 2022, after being nominated as the vice-presidential candidate of the National Democratic Alliance. Jagdeep Dhankhar has to, on becoming vice president, relinquish his BJP membership.

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