Jagdeep Dhankhar, a former governor of West Bengal and NDA candidate, was inaugurated in as India’s 14th vice president on Thursday. Droupadi Murmu, the nation’s newly elected president, delivered Dhankar’s oath at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
At the swearing-in of the new vice president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Ram Nath Kovind, former vice president Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and numerous other leaders were present.
Dhankhar visited Raj Ghat in Delhi before taking the oath of office to pay respects to “Pujya Bapu” Mahatma Gandhi.
“Felt blessed, inspired and motivated to be ever in service of Bharat in serene sublimity of Raj Ghat while paying respects to Pujya Bapu,” Dhankhar tweeted sharing pictures from his visit.
On August 6, Dhankhar won the most votes in any of the six vice presidential elections that have been held since 1997, receiving 74.36 percent of the vote. He triumphed by defeating Margaret Alva of the opposition.
Dhankhar will serve as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha as well.
Dhankhar received his education at Sainik School in Chittorgarh and comes from an agrarian family in a village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district. He continued his education at the University of Rajasthan for his LLB after earning his physics degree. He was a first-generation professional who rose to become one of the state’s top attorneys.
Dhankhar, 71, has experience practising law before both the Supreme Court of India and the Rajasthan High Court. After being chosen as a Member of Parliament for Jhunjhunu in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections on a Janata Dal ticket, he joined public life. In 1990, he also held the position of Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. Initially, Devi Lal, a former deputy prime minister, had an impact on his political views.
Dhankhar, who had a history of conflicts with the Mamata Banerjee administration, was named governor of Bengal in 2019. On July 17, after becoming the National Democratic Alliance’s vice presidential candidate, he announced his resignation as governor of West Bengal (NDA).
The presiding officers of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will be from Rajasthan as a result of Dhankhar’s election as vice president.