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Jagdeep Dhankhar, 71-yr-old WB governor named as BJP- led NDA candidate for the post of Vice President of India

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: In the meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the name of the Vice Presidential candidate was discussed on Saturday evening. The National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party nominated West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar for the post of Vice President of India. BJP President JP Nadda announced the name of Jagdeep Dhankhar by holding a press conference. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, besides BJP chief JP Nadda were among those attending the meeting. Nadda said Dhankhar is a “kisan putra” (son of farmer) who established himself as “people’s governor”.

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In the afternoon, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the other hand, Dhankhar had met Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday. Dhankhar, 71, who currently holds the post of the governor in West Bengal, has often been in conflict with chief minister Mamata Banerjee over issues ranging from universities to political violence in the state.

After the announcement of Jagdeep Dhankhar’s name, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Farmer son Jagdeep Dhankhar is known for his humility. He is knowledgeable of the Constitution. He has complete knowledge of the functions of the legislature. He is the governor. He has always worked for the betterment of farmers, youth, women and the underprivileged. Glad that he is our Vice Presidential candidate. I am sure that as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, he will guide the proceedings of the House with the aim of taking the country forward .

After the announcement Jagdeep Dhankhar tweeted, “Thank you Narendra Modi ji for nominating me as the Vice President candidate for the vice presidential election.” Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has extended JD-U’s support to Dhankhar as the Vice President.

Voting for the Vice Presidential election will be held on August 6

Interested candidates for the Vice Presidential election can file their nomination papers till July 19. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on July 20. Candidates who have filed nomination for the Vice Presidential election will be able to withdraw their nomination papers till July 22. Voting will be held on 6 August to choose the next Vice President of the country.

Votes to elect the Vice President will be cast on August 6 from 10 am to 5 pm. After the completion of the voting process, the counting of votes will also take place on the same day and the results of the elections will also come. If both the ruling party and the opposition parties agree on the name of a candidate for the post of Vice President and a consensus is reached, then voting will not be required.

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