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Assam Chief Minister's Swipe As Opposition's Veep Pick Dials For Support

Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam Chief Minister) confirmed on Sunday that she had a conversation for the Opposition candidate Margaret Alva. Alva reached out to chief ministers from various states in her campaign. Sarma stated that he told Alva he is not a “political” candidate for the vice presidency election.

Following Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh’s comments, the Assam CM made these remarks after Margaret Alva spoke to chief ministers from Karnataka (India), and Delhi.

“Smt. “Smt. As part her Vice Presidential campaign, she met with CM Assam (CM Karnataka), and CM Delhi. The conversations were very cordial & friendly given her long political career & associations,” Jairam Ramesh tweeted.

Himanta Sharma, who responded to the Opposition candidate’s tweet, stated that they had had a conversation and that he wasn’t a member.

“Smt. “Smt. I told her politely that I wasn’t a member the electoral college. Himanta Sharma tweeted, “As such, I have no part in the election as Vice President of India.”

The Vice President is elected by an electoral college made up of members of both the Lok Sabha (and Rajya Sabha) which follows the proportional representation system. The only members of parliament are allowed to vote, while chief ministers in each state are not permitted to vote. This is in contrast to the Presidential election in which secret ballots were used by the MLAs.