New Delhi: Jagadeep Dhankar (71) was sworn in as the 14th Vice President of the country yesterday. He was administered the oath of office by President Drarubathi Murvu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the new Vice President.
The term of office of M. Venkaiah Naidu, who was the Vice President of the Republic, ended the day before yesterday. Subsequently, Jagadeep Dhankar was sworn in as the 14th Vice President of the country in a program held yesterday at the President’s House in Delhi. He was administered the oath of office by President Drarubathi Murmu.
Earlier yesterday morning, Jagadeep Thankar paid floral tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Rajghat. He has posted related photos on his Twitter page.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, former President Ram Nath Kovind, former Vice Presidents M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and others participated in the swearing-in ceremony.
In this regard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on his Twitter page, ‘I participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Jagadeep Dhankar. Congratulations to him as the new Vice President of the country. I wish him a pleasant tenure’.
According to the Constitution of India, the post of Vice President is considered as the 2nd highest post after the President. The tenure of the Vice President is 5 years. In the event of an unexpected vacancy in the office of the President, the Vice-President will act as the Acting President.
Jagadeep Dhankar has also become the Speaker of the Rajya Sabha by taking office as the Vice President of the Republic. Henceforth he will lead the House.
Earlier, the Vice President election was held on the 6th. Former West Bengal Governor Jagadeep Dhankar contested on behalf of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and former Union Minister Margaret Alva on behalf of opposition parties including the Congress. MPs voted in this election. Of this, Thankar won with 528 (74.35%) votes. Alva got only 182 votes. After 1997, Dhankar got the honor of winning with the largest margin of votes.
Born into a farming family in a small village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Thankar studied at Sainik School in Siddargarh. After graduating in physics, he studied law at the University of Rajasthan. Later, he emerged as a leading jurist. Rajas served in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
He stepped into political life in 1989 by contesting and winning the Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha constituency on behalf of the Janata Dal. He served as Union Minister in 1990.
Later, he joined the Congress in 1991 and lost in the Lok Sabha general election held in the same year from Ajmer constituency. In the 1993 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly elections, he contested and won from the Kishankar constituency.
Subsequently, he joined the BJP in 2003. He became a member of the BJP’s campaign committee for the 2008 Assembly elections. In 2016, he became the head of BJP’s legal wing. He was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in 2019. He resigned from the post of Governor after being announced by the BJP as the Vice-Presidential candidate.