NEW DELHI: Elections for choosing the Vice President of India will held today. According to the numbers of votes, Former Governor Of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar is quoted as ‘Man Of The Match’ as poll is highly leaned in favour of “Dhankhar”.and it is to be seen whether the Opposition will be hit again by cross-voting like what was witnessed in the Presidential election last month.
Jagdeep Dhankhar is best known for his role as the former Governor of Bengal — can expect 527 votes, far higher than the 372 required to win. Amid a bitter political battle raging between the BJP-led NDA government and the Opposition, parliamentarians will vote Saturday to elect the next Vice-President of India in a contest of competing ideologies between the NDA candidate, Jagdeep Dhankhar, and the Opposition nominee, Margaret Alva.
Votes will be counted Saturday itself and the next Vice-President will take oath of office on August 11 – a day after the term of the incumbent V-P M Venkaiah Naidu ends. The electoral college for the V-P polls comprises a total of 788 members of both Houses of Parliament. There are currently eight vacancies in the Rajya Sabha.
In the Presidential poll, Murmu had garnered 540 votes from MPs. Of the 748 votes of MPs polled then, the joint Opposition’s candidate, Yashwant Sinha, could just secure 208 votes – a lower tally than expected.