Congratulations pour in for Jagdeep Dhankhar after a big victory in the Vice-Presidential election

Congratulatory messages started to come in on Saturday night as word spread that Jagdeep Dhankhar had been chosen as India’s new vice president.

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Across party lines, political leaders congratulated Jagdeep Dhankhar on his victory as India’s 14th Vice-President on Saturday. Dhankhar, the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) nominee for vice president, defeated Margaret Alva of the opposition by 346 votes. He had previously held the position of governor of West Bengal. Here is what they said:

PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji on being elected India’s Vice President with resounding support across party lines. I am confident he will be an outstanding Vice President. Our nation will gain tremendously from his intellect and wisdom.”

Union home minister Amit Shah, taking to Twitter, said, “I am sure that as the Vice-President, Jagdeep Dhankhar will prove to be an ideal guardian of the Constitution. I congratulate him on this victory. Also, under the leadership of Modi Ji, I express my gratitude to NDA allies, other parties and members of parliament for supporting Dhankhar.”

Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar on winning the Vice Presidential elections. His long public life, wide experience and deep understanding of people’s issues will certainly benefit the nation. I am confident that he will make an exceptional VP & Rajya Sabha Chairman.”

Former President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Conveyed my heartiest congratulations on phone to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar on his election as Vice-President of India.”

“Heartiest congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji on being elected as the fourteenth Vice-President of India. The nation will greatly benefit from your vast experience and legal expertise. My best wishes for a successful and fruitful tenure,” outgoing Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu wrote on twitter.

Opposition candidate Margaret Alva tweeted “Congratulations to Mr Dhankhar on being elected Vice-President! I would like to thank all the leaders of the Opposition, and MPs from across parties who voted for me in this election. Also, all the volunteers for their selfless service during our short but intense campaign.”

Opposition leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Congratulations to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar ji on being elected as the 14th Vice-President of India.”

On August 11, one day after Venkaiah Naidu’s term as vice president comes to an end, Dhankhar will take the oath of office.

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