Vice President Election 2022: The victory of NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar in the voting for the election of the new Vice President in the country is being considered certain. On behalf of the opposition, senior Congress leader Margaret Alva has been fielded against Dhankhar, but the election battle is being considered as a mere formality. On the strength of its MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, BJP alone is able to win the elections to Dhankhar, while the party has also got the support of many opposition parties.
Trinamool Congress, which has a strong position in Parliament, has announced to abstain from voting, while Dhankhar is sure to get the benefit of split in Shiv Sena. BSP chief Mayawati has also announced her support to Dhankhar on Thursday. Overall, the contest is completely one-sided and Dhankhar is expected to get more than 65 per cent of the votes.
The battle of the opposition has remained symbolic
Voting for the election of the new Vice-President will be held in Parliament House from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The battle of the opposition in this election has remained only symbolic as Dhankhar seems to be in a very strong position. In the election of the Vice-President, only the MPs of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha vote. The nominated MPs also get the right to vote in this election. In this election, the members of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council of the states do not vote.
Opposition candidate Margaret Alva has the support of 17 parties including Congress, NCP, CPI(M), CPI, SP, TRS, RJD, JMM and DMK in the vice presidential election. On the other hand, BJP-led NDA candidate Dhankhar has the support of 20 parties. Considering the strength of NDA in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Dhankhar’s victory is already considered certain.
Why Dhankhar is in a strong position
If we look at the equation of the Vice Presidential election, the BJP has the strength of 303 MPs in the Lok Sabha, while the party has 91 members in the Rajya Sabha as well. Considering the strength of BJP in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, this number is sufficient to win the Vice Presidential election. Along with this, Biju Janata Dal, YSR Congress, BSP and TDP have also announced their support to NDA candidate Dhankhar.
Together these parties have 67 members in both the houses, while the NDA will get a big benefit from the rebellion in Shiv Sena. Experts believe that about 13 MPs from the rebel Shiv Sena faction are believed to be getting support for the BJP. In this way, if the votes of all these MPs are added, then Dhankhar is expected to get more than 65 percent votes.
TMC gave the biggest blow
The biggest blow to the opposition candidate Margaret Alva has come from the decision of Trinamool Congress. The Trinamool Congress has decided to abstain from voting, while the Trinamool Congress has a strength of 35 MPs in both the houses. Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee says that the way the opposition’s vice-president candidate was declared without consulting the party.
In view of this, the party has decided to abstain from voting, the victory of the NDA candidate in this election was already considered certain, but the opposition has also lost the opportunity to show solidarity. Mamta was also appealed for reconsideration on behalf of Margaret Alva, but Mamta did not give it any importance.
Opposition to JMM, yet Dhankhar is strong
The JMM, which supported NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu in the presidential election, has announced its support to the opposition candidate Margaret Alva in the vice presidential election. Instructions have been issued to all the MPs for this on behalf of JMM President Shibu Soren. The letter issued by Soren said that after due consideration, the party has decided to support Margaret Alva.
This stand of JMM was already believed to be fixed. By the way, even after the decision of JMM, NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar will have the upper hand in Jharkhand. A total of 20 MPs, including 14 Lok Sabha MPs and 6 Rajya Sabha MPs from Jharkhand, will participate in the voting. In these, the number of NDA MPs is 15 and the JMM and Congress together have only five MPs.
Mayawati also got support
Apart from Mamta, BSP chief Mayawati has also given a blow to the opposition. BSP chief Mayawati has announced her support to the NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar. The BSP chief has said in his tweet made in this regard that keeping in mind the larger public interest and our movement, we have decided to support the NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar. Earlier in the presidential election, Mayawati had supported the NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu.