West Bengal Governer Jagdeep Dhankhar is NDA's candidate for the post of the Vice President of India, BJP chief JP Nadda announced on Saturday evening.
This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and others met at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Delhi to pick the party's candidate for the vice presidential poll
In 2017, the party had named the then Cabinet minister M Venkaiah Naidu, a former BJP president and veteran parliamentarian, as its vice presidential candidate, after surprising everyone by picking the then Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, for the presidential contest.
Both Kovind and Naidu had won the polls comfortably to occupy the two highest constitutional posts of the country.The BJP is again in a strong position to ensure the win of its Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates .
The electoral college for picking the next vice president comprises members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.Out of Parliament's current strength of 780, the BJP alone has 394 MPs, more than the majority mark of 390.
The term of Naidu, the present incumbent, ends on August 10.The last date for filing of nomination papers for the poll is July 19 and the election is scheduled for August 6.