Jagdeep Dhankhar, PM by His Side, Files Papers for Vice-President Elections
Jagdeep Dhankhar (BJP-led NDA candidate for Vice President) filed today his nomination papers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was with him, as were Cabinet Ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah, and BJP President JP Nadda.
Mr Dhankhar (71), a former governor of West Bengal, who has a long history with the BJP, Rajasthan, is being challenged by the Opposition, which will field Margaret Alva, 77. The polls are scheduled for August 6. Tomorrow is the last day to submit nominations.
M Venkaiah Naidu is out of office as the Vice President. His term ends on August 10. Former BJP President and Union Minister, Mr Naidu had comfortably won in 2017.
An earlier meeting was held by Mr Dhankhar with MPs representing different political parties. You could also see PM Modi and senior BJP officials, as well as MPs from Biju Janata Dal (and Lok Jankshakti Party), among others.
When declaring his name, Prime Minister Modi had referenced Jagdeep Dhankhar as a farmer’s father. Born in a Jat family in 1951 at Kithana village in Rajasthan, Mr Dhankhar was a lawyer at the Supreme Court before entering politics in 1990. His former deputy PM Devi Lal from Haryana was his associate.