The 2 rivals, Jagdeep Dhankhar and Margaret Alva, for the chair of vice chairman even have a number of issues in widespread: each have been governor, union minister and have a Congress background to record a number of.

Each even have a regulation diploma, have been one-time Lok Sabha member and share a Rajasthan connection. Whereas the BJP-led Nationwide Democratic Alliance candidate Dhankhar (71) is a local of the state, the Opposition’s choose Alva (80) has been its governor.

Dhankhar, who was within the Janata Dal and the Congress earlier than becoming a member of the BJP, distinguished himself as a lawyer within the Rajasthan Excessive Courtroom after which within the Supreme Courtroom, whereas Alva has had a extra huge legislative expertise.

She has been a four-term Rajya Sabha MP and was governor of Uttarakhand and Rajasthan when the Congress-led UPA was in energy on the Centre. She was additionally a minister within the governments headed by Rajiv Gandhi and P V Narasimha Rao.

Dhankhar, additionally a former MLA, was a minister within the short-lived Chandra Shekhar authorities and was appointed West Bengal governor in July 2019 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi got here to energy once more.

A day after the BJP named him because the ruling alliance’s candidate, opposition events on Sunday determined to area Alva as their joint candidate for the election scheduled for August 6.

With the BJP having fun with a majority by itself within the electoral faculty for the vice presidential ballot, Dhankhar is all however sure to beat his extra skilled rival to the necessary constitutional publish.


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