In the previous six V-P elections, Jagdeep Dhankhar's victory margin was the biggest.

Jagdeep Dhankhar, a NDA candidate, was elected vice president of India on Saturday . Dhankhar defeated joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva, who received 528 votes (72.8%) over his opponents total of 182 .

Jagdeep Dhankhar, a NDA candidate, was elected vice president of India on Saturday, defeating joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva, who received 528 votes (72.8%) over his opponents' total of 182.Though the outcome of the vice presidential election was a foregone conclusion, Dhankhars' victory was huge in symbolism because it reflected the BJP's continuing domination of the legislative ranks, including the president, VP (who is also ex-officio Rajya Sabha chairman) and Lok Sabha Speaker.It also dealt a huge blow to the anti-BJP group, which had portrayed the VP elections as a clash of ideologies between Constitution keepers and those who counter it.In the run-up to the primary, the anti-BJP movement, which had claimed a grand opposition unity, broke apart when Mamata Banerjees TMC broke ranks and decided to refrain from voting in the vice-presidential election.

In Lok Sabha, the polling and counting were conducted.Of the 780 possible electoral college votes, 725 MPs, or 92.9%, exercised their voting rights.According to Lok Sabha returning officer Utpal Kumar Singh, 15 votes were invalidated.Dhankar toped Naidus 2017 with nearly 73% of votes, beating the average for the last two years.

However, KR Narayanan has a record tying him to the top of the polling margin, receiving 700 of the 701 votes cast in 1992 against independent candidate Kaka Joginder Singh, alias Dharti Pakad.Dhankars' victory came on the back of help from the NDA parties, which account for 441 MPs, five nominated members, and non-NDA parties, including BJD, YSR Congress, BSP, TDP, Akali Dal, and the Shiv Sena Eknath Shinde faction, which together account for a total of 81 MPs.Alva had to settle for a much lower figure of 182, accounting for a paltry 25.1% of the valid votes cast.Alva was projected to receive over 200 votes from 20 opposition parties, including Congress, DMK, TRS, AAP, NCP, CPM, CPI, IUML, NC, SP, JMM, Kerala Congress, AIMIM, AIUDF, RSP, VCK, MDMK, RJD, and RLD.

Their hopes were boosted by the return of Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction and JMM, which increased their hopes that the VP polls would reflect greater unity, which would help convert some fence-sitters in the run-up to the 2024 election.Sena's numbers were shattered by factionalism, with 15 of the 22 opposition members reportedly aligned with the Eknath Shinde camp, which is likely to have sided with Dhankhar.BJPs Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre were among those who didn't vote, as were Congress MPs Randeep Surjewala and Dhiraj Sahu.