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Vice-President Election Today, Jagdeep Dhankhar Frontrunner: 10 Facts -by Ecork

New Delhi:
The elections to elect the next Vice President of India will be held today, in which the NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar is expected to go only through the support of the BJP. Opponent Margaret Alva looks set to be a very distant second.

Here are 10 updates on this great story:

  1. The election of the Vice President will be held in Parliament from 10 am to 5 pm today and the result will be announced later in the evening.

  2. Jagdeep Dhankhar – best known for his role as the former Governor of Bengal – can expect 527 votes, higher than the 372 he needs to win. In total he could get 70 per cent of all the votes, two per cent more than M Venkaiah Naidu got.

  3. The electoral college has 780 members — 543 in the Lok Sabha and 245 in the Rajya Sabha. Excluding the eight vacant seats in the Upper House and the 36 members of the Trinamool Congress, who decided to abstain from voting, 744 MPS are expected to vote.

  4. The NDA has 441 MLAs, with 394 belonging to the BJP. Five elected members are also supporting the NDA candidate.

  5. Mr Dhankhar also has the support of several other non-NDA parties – Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal, Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party, Akali Dal and Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena party. Together, they have 81 MPS.

  6. Margaret Alva can expect 26 percent votes (around 200). It has the support of the Congress, MK Stalin’s DMK, Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and the left parties.

  7. Additionally, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Aam Aadmi Party and nine members of Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena party supported Ms Alva.

  8. In the last election, opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi won 32 per cent votes.

  9. On Friday, Mr Dhankhar attended a meeting with BJP MPs in Delhi, where he held a poll.

  10. Under the system of proportional representation by one transferable vote, the voter has to mark the preferences to the names of the candidates.

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