Take A Glimpse At Jagdeep Dhankhar’s Oath As VP

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On August 11th, 2022, Jagdeep Dhankhar was sworn in as India’s fourteenth vice president and thus became the Ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Dhankhar started the day by paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Read his tweet below:

 The oath was administered by the first tribal president of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan, i.e., by Madam President Droupadi Murmu. During his oath of office ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and M Venkaiah Naidu were present, among other dignitaries. On August 6th, Dhankhar was chosen to serve as the successor of M.V. Naidu. He triumphed by defeating Margaret Alva of the opposition by securing 528 votes. He stood as a BJP-led NDA candidate and easily won the poll. Dhankhar received 74.36% of the vote. He had the largest margin of victory in the previous six vice presidential elections held since 1997. 

Swearing-in-Ceremony of the Vice President-elect Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar | President of India

During his time as Governor, he established himself as a bold face in eastern India’s politics and successfully created a few political and administrative issues for Bengal’s Chief Minister. Since Krishan Kant, Dhankhar has become the first ex-state Governor to be chosen for India’s second highest constitutional post. Kant was elected as vice president of India in the year 1997 and served till 2003. He has been referred to as “Kisan Putra” by Narendra Modi. He was raised in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu area. Later, he was enrolled in a local school before entering a Sainik school. His ‘Jat’ identity was also one reason among many that explains his nomination as the NDA’s vice presidential candidate in 2022. He joined the BJP in 2003.

Dhankhar’s political career commenced after winning a seat as an MP in 1989. He began by joining the then-party- Janata Dal. At that time, Jhunjhunu was his Lok Sabha seat. In the next year, he also presided over a parliamentary committee and was thus elevated as a minister for the Union. By gaining the Congress ticket, he was again elected to the Rajasthan legislative assembly in 1993. He is still known as the most impelling advocate of the Rajasthan High Court.  

ABHIJEET ANAND

Sociologist, Engineer, and Content writer

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