India's new vice president, Jagdeep Dhankhar, defeats Margaret Alva

Jagdeep Dhankhar, a NDA candidate and former West Bengal governor, wins vice-presidential poll . Dhankhar secured 528 votes, out of a total of 725 votes cast .

NEW DELHI (New Delhi): Jagdeep Dhankhar, a NDA candidate and former West Bengal governor, swept the vice-presidential poll on Saturday with 528 votes.He defeated opposition-backed Margaret Alva, who had less than 200 votes.Jagdeep Dhankar, the NDA candidate, secured by 346 votes, out of a total of 725 votes cast.Although 15 were declared invalid, opposition candidate Margaret Alva received 182 votes in the poll, according to Lok Sabha general secretary Utpal K Singh, who declared the results.

He has the highest winning margin in the last six vice-presidential elections held since 1997.Updated Vice-Presidential pollsThe 71-year-old Dhankhar, who will also serve as chairman of the Rajya Sabha, will succeed incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu, whose term ends on August 10.Dhankhar will be the country's 14th Vice President.After the results were published, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Dhankhar at his home in New Delhi.

Alva, a Dhankhars ally, took to Twitter to congratulate him and thanked all the opposition MPs who voted for her in the polling.Alva said that the fight for our constitution, strengthening our democracy, and restoring Parliament's dignity will continue.Alva also slammed some opposition leaders who voted in favor of Dhankhar, claiming that they destabilized their status.In an attempt to derail the prospect of a united opposition, some opposition parties chose to directly support the BJP, damaging their own image, she said.

Around 93% of respondents voted in favor of voting, with more than 50 MPs refusing to exercise their office.While Modi and his predecessor Manmohan cast their ballots early in the day, opposition leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi voted a little after noon.The Trinamool Congress, which has 39 members, 23 of whom are in Lok Sabha, had already declared its intention to withdraw from the polling.Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari, two of the organization's representatives, however, regrouped and cast their ballots.

Who is Jagdeep Dhankhar, a Rajasthanian, the former governor of West Bengal and the leader of the Trinamool Congress, who has been in the news for his interference with the Mamata Banerjee dispensation and her party.He was born in Kithana village, Jhunjhunu district of the state, on May 18, 1951, and completed his schooling at Sainik School in Chittorgarh.He later majored in Physics at the University of Rajasthan and later obtained his LLB from the same institution.Dhankhar then practiced law at Rajasthan's high court and the Supreme Court.

In the Janata Dal government led by Chandra Shekhar, he was minister of state for parliamentary affairs.Dhankhar represented the Kishangarh constituency of Ajmer district in Rajasthan assembly from 1993-1998.He belongs to the Jat group and is due to take oath as India's first OBC Vice President.(With inputs from departments)Watch Vice Presidential elections 2022: Jagdeep Dhankhar, the new vice president of India, defeats opposition candidate Margaret Alva.