Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

NEW DELHI: Voting to elect India’s next Vice President began on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi first to cast his ballot in the Parliament House.
“I voted in the 2022 Vice Presidential Election,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted after casting the vote.
While former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in a wheelchair and needed support to get up and vote. CPM deputy John Brittas was one of those who helped the veteran leader exercise his franchise. The two-term prime minister greeted those present with folded hands.
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Here are the main points-
* Voting, which began at 10 am, will conclude at 5 pm.
* After the evening vote count, the next Vice President will be elected.
* Home Minister Amit Shah and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were among the leaders who appeared early at Parliament House.
* Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP Chairman JP Nadda, and Commerce Minister and House Leader in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal arrived together to cast their vote.
* Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, BJP Leader Rakesh Singh, Telangana MPs Rashtra Samithi and Vote Raghu Rama Krishna Raju of the Yuvajana Sramika Congress party Rythu are among the others who have cast their vote so far.
* The Vice President will be sworn in on August 11, as the term of the incumbent Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu, ends on August 10.
* India’s second largest opposition party after the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, decided to abstain from voting, saying it was “not consulted” on Margaret Alva’s candidacy.
* Opposition candidate Alva is running against NDA candidate and former Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar in the polls.
* National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Dhankhar is supported by regional parties including Janata Dal (United), YSRCP, BSP and Shiv Sena and is poised for an easy victory, while opposition candidate Alva is supported by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). ), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
NDA candidate and former Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (71) is running against joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva (80).
With the ruling BJP having an outright majority in the Lok Sabha and 91 members in the Rajya Sabha, Dhankhar has a clear advantage over his rival. He is likely to succeed incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu, whose term ends on August 10.
All Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, including nominated members, are eligible to vote in Vice President elections.
The two Houses of Parliament together have a sanctioned strength of 788 MPs, of which there are eight vacancies in the Upper House.
Therefore, 780 deputies are eligible to cast their vote in this election.
(With contributions from agencies)

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