New Delhi, 11th August, 2022: On Thursday, Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath as India’s fourteenth vice president, and was sworn in by President Droupadi Murmu, who became the country’s fifteenth and second female president last month.
Dhankhar, a former governor and Union minister, was nominated for the country’s second-highest constitutional office by the BJP-led ruling NDA. The 71-year-old defeated Margaret Alva, the joint opposition candidate, on August 6. While Dhankhar received 528 votes, or 74% of the total valid ballots, Alva received 182 votes, or 26% of the total valid ballots.
With 74% of all valid votes cast, Dhankhar defeated Margaret Alva, the candidate of the joint opposition, in the VP election on August 6.