Jagdeep Dhankhar is BJP's Vice President nominee, Modi praises his career as Bengal governor

Updated on Jul 16, 2022 10:01 PM IST

Jajgeep Dhankhar has excellent knowledge of the Constitution, is well-versed with legislative affairs and will be an outstanding Chair in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.

Jagdeep Dhankhar with PM Narendra Modi. (Twitter@narendramodi)
Jagdeep Dhankhar with PM Narendra Modi. (Twitter@narendramodi)

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday named Jagdeep Dhankhar as its candidate for the post of Vice President of India.

The announcement was made by BJP chief JP Nadda following the party's parliamentary board meeting held in Delhi.

Dhankhar, 71, who currently holds the post of the governor in West Bengal, has often been in conflict with chief minister Mamata Banerjee over issues ranging from universities to political violence in the state.

Nadda said Dhankhar is a "kisan putra" (son of farmer) who established himself as "people's governor".

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Soon after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Kisan Putra Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji is known for his humility. He brings with him an illustrious legal, legislative and gubernatorial career. He has always worked for the well-being of farmers, youth, women and the marginalised. Glad that he will be our VP candidate.”

“Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji has excellent knowledge of our Constitution. He is also well-versed with legislative affairs. I am sure that he will be an outstanding Chair in the Rajya Sabha & guide the proceedings of the House with the aim of furthering national progress,” Modi further wrote.

Dhankhar tweeted, "Thank you Narendra Modi ji for nominating me as the Vice President candidate for the vice presidential election."

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has extended JD-U's support to Dhankhar as the Vice President.

The last date for filing of nomination papers for the election is July 19 and the election is scheduled for August 6.

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