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Jagdeep Dhankhar Is New Vice President, Defeats Margaret Alva

 National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate and former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the 14th Vice-President of India on Saturday, sweeping away the vote bank and defeating joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva.

Jagdeep Dhankhar received 528 votes while Margaret Alva got 182 votes.

With securing 72.8% votes against his rival, Dhankhar's victory clearly signals the continued supremacy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party. The BJP now holds all the key positions from President, V-P to Lok Sabha Speaker.

Jagdeep Dhankhar’s victory margin by securing 72.8% of the 725 valid votes cast during the V-P polls is the highest margin in the last six vice-presidential polls since 1997, TOI reported.

While KR Narayanan still leads the list for having the highest victory margin by securing 700 of the 701 votes cast in 1992, Dhankhar’s performance in the latest polls outshined Naidu's 2017 performance by 2%.

The 71-year-old Jagdeep Dhankar is the first BJP nominee for the V-P post to not have started his political journey in the Sangh Parivar.

  1. Joyous scenes were also reported from Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu, the hometown of Mr Dhankhar. Celebrations also took place at the state BJP headquarters in Jaipur where people danced to the beats of dhols and distributed sweets.

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