Vice President Election 2022: Voting will be held today for the election of the new Vice President in the country. In this election, Jagdeep Dhankhar has been fielded from NDA’s side while senior Congress leader Margaret Alva is contesting from the opposition’s side. In terms of statistics, the victory of former West Bengal Governor Dhankhar is considered certain. 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. Overall, the contest is completely one-sided and Dhankhar is expected to get more than 65 per cent of the votes.
Results will be declared today evening
Voting for the election of the new Vice President will be held in Parliament House from 10 am to 5 pm today. The counting of votes will begin immediately after the polling is over and the results are expected to be declared by late evening. 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. The total number of votes in the election of the Vice President is 788. It has 543 votes in Lok Sabha and 243 in Rajya Sabha. In this election, one vote of each MP is counted and the MP has to decide the priority on the basis of his choice.
Why Dhankhar is stronger than Alva
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 93 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 also 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. If we talk about the number of votes, then Dhankhar is estimated to get around 515 votes.
On the other hand, opposition candidate Margaret Alva has the support of major parties like SP, TRS, Aam Aadmi Party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, AIMIM, CPI(M), CPI, DMK, apart from Congress and NCP. Still, she seems to be in a much weaker position than Dhankhar. He is expected to get around 200 votes.
TMC gave a blow to Alva
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 36 MPs in both the houses. Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee says the way the opposition’s vice-president candidate was declared without consulting the party, 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. At present, Mamta Banerjee is in Delhi but she has not given any positive response to Alva’s appeal.
Mayawati with NDA
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.
Both Om Birla and Dhankhar are from Rajasthan.
Venkaiah Naidu’s term as Vice President is set to end on August 10. The winner of today’s election will be sworn in as the new Vice President on August 11. As expected, if Dhankhar manages to emerge victorious in the election, it will be a strange coincidence that both the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha will be from the same state, Rajasthan. Om Birla was elected MP from Kota Lok Sabha seat of Rajasthan. Dhankhar also hails from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and has won the election once from Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha seat.