Today, Vice-Presidential elections are to be held which will decide the eligible candidate to become the next Vice-President of India. NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar is said to have an upper hand and is going to be a pacesetter with BJP’s support alone. His competitor Margaret Alva is seen to be very far from leading this election.
Here Are The 10 Updates On Vice-Presidential Elections:
Vice-Presidential Elections are currently being held inside parliament house, the process will continue till 5 pm today and the results will be announced later. As soon as the polling starts PM Narendra Modi will be the first to cast the vote.
Jagdeep Dhankar, known to be the former Governor of Bengal, according to the support can expect 527 votes which is much higher than the required 372 to win. This means he can expect a total of 70 percent of the votes in his favor.
This election drive comprises a total of 780 MPs, 543 from Lok Sabha and 245 from Rajya Sabha. So, a total of 744 MPs are expected to vote as there are 8 vacant seats in the Upper House, and 36 MPs from Trinamool Congress have decided to cast out themselves from voting.
In NDA’s support, there are 441 MPs, out of which 394 are of BJP. Moreover, five nominated candidates are also in the support of NDA.
“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 the Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena”, altogether 81 MPs from these parties are also in the support of NDA candidate.
Margaret Alva, who has the support of “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”, can expect around 26 percent of votes.
Moreover, “Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Aam Aadmi Party” and nine MPs from Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena are also in support of Ms. Alva.
In previous elections, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition candidate, got 32 percent of the votes.
Mr. Dhankar, on Friday, attended a meeting in Delhi with BJP MPs where a dummy voting took place.
“Under the system of proportional representation by a single transferable vote, the elector has to mark preferences against the names of the candidates”, as per NDTV.