Former West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar is the new Vice President of India. He defeated Opposition candidate Margaret Alva by 346 votes to emerge winner.
Here are 5 facts about Jagdeep Dhankhar:
Jagdeep Dhankhar, a Jat, was born in 1951 into a farmer’s family in Kithana, a small village in Rajasthan.
Mr Dhankar started as a lawyer and has practiced in the Supreme Court and the Rajasthan High Court. He was designated a senior advocate in 1990, a year after he entered active politics.
He was closely associated with former deputy prime minister of India Chaudhary Devi Lal and followed his mentor when the latter walked out of the VP Singh government and became a union minister in 1990 in the minority government led by Chandra Shekhar.
He joined the Congress when PV Narasimha Rao became the prime minister. But with the rise of Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan, he changed ships to the BJP. Mr Dhankar was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in July 2019.
On 6 August, 2022, Mr Dhankar became the vice president of India after defeating opposition candidate Margaret Alva by 346 votes.