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Former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar takes oath as 14th VP of India

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: EX-West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath as the 14th Vice President of the country on Thursday afternoon. President Draupadi Murmu administered the oath to Dhankhar. Former President Ram Nath Kovind, outgoing Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and many cabinet ministers were present in the swearing-in ceremony of the elected Vice President.

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Before taking oath, he laid flowers at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the morning and paid tribute to the Father of the Nation.

President Draupadi Murmu administered him the oath of office and secrecy at around 12.30 pm. During this, many dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Ram Nath Kovind, former Vice Presidents Hamid Ansari and Venkaiah Naidu as well as Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Minister Pawan Bansal and BJP President JP Nadda were present.

It is to be known that in the Vice Presidential election held on August 6, NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar got 528 victories. He defeated the opposition candidate Margaret Alva by 346 votes.

Earlier Jagdeep Dhankhar visited Bapu’s memorial. Jagdeep Dhankhar’s swearing-in ceremony took place at 12.30 pm at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Let us tell you that a total of 725 MPs voted in the election of the Vice President, which was held on 6 August. In this 710 votes were found valid and 15 votes were found invalid. In this Jagdeep Dhankhar got 525 votes and Margaret Alva got 182 votes.

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Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, which had a less-than-cordial equation with him when he was governor, decided to abstain from the voting. It did not back Margaret Alva as it was unhappy with “the manner in which the Opposition candidate was chosen”, but it said “there was no possibility of going with the BJP nominee” either.

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