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Jagdeep Dhankhar Elected as India’s New Vice President

  • Dhankhar defeats opposition nominee Margaret Alva by 346 votes
  • Vice president is the chairman of upper house of parliament
Jagdeep Dhankhar
Jagdeep DhankharPhotographer: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as India’s vice president, giving the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi control of the South Asian nation’s two highest constitutional posts. 

Dhankhar, the former Governor of West Bengal state and a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, defeated Margaret Alva, a former federal minister, fielded by the opposition led by the Indian National Congress and a few other regional parties. Dhankhar won by 346 votes, said Utpal Kumar Singh secretary general of the lower house of the parliament and also the returning officer of the poll.