decided to abstain from voting, alleging lack of consultation while deciding on Alva’s name. Alva, 80, is a Congress veteran and has served as governor of Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, while Dhankhar, 71, is a Jat leader from Rajasthan with a socialist background.
However, Alva received the support of regional party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Friday, two days after Aam Aadmi Party and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) backed the opposition candidate. AIMIM has also supported Alva. With the support of some regional parties like Janata Dal (United), YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK and Shiv Sena, the NDA nominee is likely to get more than 515 votes. Which is enough for him to win comfortably.
Alva is likely to get more than 200 votes, according to the support declared by the parties for his candidature so far. The Trinamool Congress, which has 23 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 16 in the Rajya Sabha, has decided to stay away from the vice-presidential election.
“If parliament is to function effectively, parliamentarians, independent of their parties, must find ways to rebuild trust and restore broken communication with one another. Ultimately, it is parliamentarians who are our parliament. determine the role of,” Alva said in a recent video message ahead of the polls. He said he saw arguments and disagreements and still saw an atmosphere of give and take, which is now lacking. “It is time for all parties to come together and restore trust and confidence in each other and restore the dignity of Parliament,” Alva said in his latest appeal to MPs. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjan Kharge, also hosted a dinner on Thursday night to thank all the opposition MPs who are supporting Alva.
On the other hand, Dhankhar met several BJP MPs at his residence on Friday. Among them are Sushil Kumar Modi, Gautam Gambhir, Rajyavardhan Rathore, Rajendra Agarwal, Pradeep Choudhary and Kartkia Sharma among others. He is meeting the party MPs and seeking their support for the election. While polling will take place on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, the counting of ballots will take place soon after. In the evening, the returning officer will announce the name of the next vice president.
Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including nominated members, are eligible to vote in the election of the Vice President. The incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu’s term ends on August 10. The Vice President is also the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
In the Vice-Presidential election, the Electoral College consists of a total of 788 members from both houses of Parliament. Since all electors are members of both houses of Parliament, the value of each MLA’s vote will be the same, the Election Commission has said. Elections are held by single transferable vote under the system of proportional representation and voting in such elections is by secret ballot.
There is no concept of open voting in this election and in the case of presidential and vice-presidential elections, it is strictly forbidden to show ballots to anyone, the Election Commission has warned that parties should not issue whips to their MPs in this matter. can of voting. Unlike presidential elections where voting takes place at multiple locations as elected MLAs, not nominees, also form part of the Electoral College, in vice-presidential elections, voting takes place in Parliament House.
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