Former West Bengal governor and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar becomes the new Vice President of India.
File photo of former Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar. (PTI)
Former West Bengal governor and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar beat the vote bank and won to become India’s 14th Vice President on Saturday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a clear majority in the electorate of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs. Jagdeep Dhankhar saw a comfortable victory over opposition candidate Margaret Alva.
The electorate in the vice president’s poll included 788 members of both houses of Congress.
WHO IS JAGDEEP DHANKHAR?
Jagdeep Dhankhar was born into a farming family in a remote village in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. After finishing his studies at Sainik School, Chittorgarh, he graduated in Physics and then pursued an LLB degree from the University of Rajasthan.
He became one of the leading barristers in Rajasthan and practiced in both the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court. He also heads the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association.
He entered politics in 1989 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Jhunjhunu of Rajasthan the same year. He served as minister of state for parliamentary affairs in the Janata Dal government led by Chandra Shekhar.
Jagdeep Dhankar went on to become the Governor of West Bengal. He is married to Sudesh Dhankhar.
Jagdeep Dhankar belongs to the Jat community, a politically important class that influences voting in several northern Indian states.
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