BJP picks Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar for Vice President

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will be the NDA candidate for Vice Presidential polls.
BJP chief J.P. Nadda announced the name of Dhankhar as the NDA candidate after the Parliamentary Board meeting at party headquarters here.
“After detailed discussion and considering all the names, the BJP Parliamentary Board has decided to announce the name of Kisan Putra Jagdeep Dhankhar as the BJP and NDA candidate for the post of Vice President. Presently he is the Governor of West Bengal and has been in public life for almost three decades,” Nadda said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were present in the Parliamentary Board meeting.
After the announcement of NDA Vice Presidential candidate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Jagdeep Dhankhar always worked for the well-being of farmers, youth, women and the marginalised.
Born in an agrarian household at a remote village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district, Dhankhar worked tirelessly to become a successful professional before entering public life.
Dhankhar completed his schooling from Sainik School, Chittorgarh. After finishing his graduation in Physics, he pursued LLB from the University of Rajasthan.Despite being a first generation professional, he became one of the leading lawyers in Rajasthan. Dhankhar has practiced in both Rajasthan High Court and Supreme Court. He was the youngest president of the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association.
He entered the public life after getting elected as the Member of Parliament from Jhunjhunu in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections. Subsequently, he also served as a Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in 1990. In 1993, he was elected to the Rajasthan assembly from the Kishangarh constituency in Ajmer district.
In July 2019, he was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal, where he has worked hard and made a mark as a People’s Governor, highlighting issues of public welfare.
The BJP-led NDA candidate Dhankhar is all set to become next Vice President in this election as the voters are the members of Parliament and the BJP has a huge mandate in the Lok Sabha while in the Rajya Sabha it is the single largest party having more than 90 seats.
In the last election, the opposition fielded Gopalkrishna Gandhi but he lost to BJP’s M Venkaiah Naidu. In 2017, Naidu polled 516 votes defeating the opposition’s Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who could manage only 244 votes.
The last date for filing of nomination papers for the Vice President poll is July 19 and election is scheduled to be held on August 6. The date on which counting, if required, shall be taken on the same day.

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