Ex Margaret Alva is Opposition vice-presidential candidate-union minister
Margaret Alva: The meeting of 17 opposition parties held in New Delhi today decided to field Margaret Alva as their candidate.
Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva will be the opposition candidate for the August 6 vice presidential election. A meeting of 17 opposition parties held in New Delhi on July 17, 2022 decided to field him as their candidate.
Ms. Alva has held various positions such as cabinet minister, governor and Member of Parliament in her long service in politics. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar announced the decision after a meeting of opposition parties.
Sources said AAP, which was not present at the meeting, has also offered support to Ms. Alva. Trinamool Congress and Left parties will also support the senior Congress leader.
Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Margaret Alva, former Governor, former Union Minister, longtime parliamentarian and very distinguished representative of India’s amazing diversity is the common opposition candidate for the post of Vice President.”
The ruling NDA had on Saturday declared West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as its candidate.
The election for the Vice Presidential election is to be held on 6 August. The nomination process for the same started from 5th July and 19th July is the last date for filing nominations.
“We are trying to contact Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal. Last time they supported our joint presidential candidate,” he said. He said that JMM is also with the opposition parties in this election.
Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said, “We are all together in this election.”
Those present included Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja and Binoy Viswam, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, DMK’s TR Baalu and Tiruchi Siva, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav, MDMK’s Vaiko and TRS’s. were involved. Keshav Rao.
AD Singh of RJD, ET Mohammed Basheer of IMUL and Jose K Mani of Kerala Congress (M) were also present.
The numbers in the Electoral College stand strongly in favor of the ruling NDA alliance.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday named West Bengal state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as its vice-president candidate.
Dhankhar, who is 71 years old, was elected as an MLA from a constituency in his home state Rajasthan in 1988, according to information available on the West Bengal Raj Bhavan website.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who was the only Muslim face in Modi’s cabinet until recently, was touted as one of the possible candidates for the role of Vice President.
In the event of the death, resignation or removal of the President, the Vice President of the country takes over and is also the Speaker of the Upper House of Parliament or the Rajya Sabha. The President is the supreme commander of India’s armed forces and oversees the formation of the government in the event of a hung parliament.