Jagdeep Dhankhar took his oath of office as India’s fourteenth vice president today.
At Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, President Droupadi Murmu gave him the oath of office as Vice President. The Vice President also serves as the Rajya Sabha’s official chairman. On August 6, Dhankhar won the vice presidential election by beating Margaret Alva of the opposition.
The “Certification of the Election of Jagdeep Dhankar as the Next Vice President of India” was jointly signed on August 7 by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey.
With 528 votes to Alva’s 182, the BJP-led NDA candidate easily won the poll.
Dhankhar received 74.36% of the vote. In the previous six vice presidential elections held since 1997, he had the largest margin of victory.
However, the vice presidential election’s returning officer reported that 725 of the 780 electors cast ballots, 15 of them were later determined to be illegitimate. He stated that 92.94% of voters participated in the election and that 356 votes were required to win the election.