NEW DELHI: With more than with 72 per cent votes, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Vice-Presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar marched to victory over Opposition’s candidate Margaret Alva who secured 182 votes.
Out of the 725 votes polled, Dhankhar received 528 votes.
The polling for the vice-presidential election had closed at 5 pm and counting started at 6 pm on Saturday.
In an official note, the returning officer said, “As the first preference votes secured by Sh. Jagdeep Dhankar was greater than the requisite quota, I, as Returning Officer, declare Shri Jagdeep Dhankar duly elected to the Office of the Vice-President of India.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president JP Nadda personally visited the Vice-President elect to congratulate him on his victory.
Of the total 780 electors, 725 had cast their votes. Ten votes were declared invalid.
Before the announcement of his candidature on July 16, Dhankhar was serving as the Governor of West Bengal.