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Now, it is the turn of electing Vice-President of India, another significant post of the nation to bring out the national integrity and right to homogenous aspects of the people. Former union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has set to contest with former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the post of vice-president of India. The polling would see MPs of both Houses gearing up at Parliament to cast their vote. The fight appears to be tilted towards NDA candidate Naidu, owing to the BJP’s majority in the Lok Sabha. NDA has 338 members in the 545-member Lok Sabha with BJP itself occupying 282 seats.
The term of incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on August 10. As new Vice-President, the winner of the polls will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
Unlike Presidential polls, the election to appoint Vice-President is conducted through a secret ballot where only members of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha get to cast their votes. MPs make to use special pens to make their choice and allow to carrying their own pens. Any vote cast using personal pens will be declared void. The candidate who attains one plus 50 per cent of the total votes will be declared as the winner of the poll. While all parties under the NDA have given their support to Naidu, JD(U), which recently formed the government in Bihar along with the BJP and had offered its support to NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election, said it to support the candidature of Gandhi. On being asked what he thinks about Nitish Kumar’s support to him, Gandhi expressed, “If JDU MPs vote for me as a result of their own assessment of the option,that would be a sign of their independence from NDA in the national context.” Apart from JD (U), Odisha’s BJD has also said that it will align itself with Opposition nominee Gandhi. BJD had also voted for Kovind for President earlier. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also extended its support to Gandhi. In a tweet, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “AAP will support Sh Gopal Krishna Gandhi for VP. Eighteen other opposition parties have offered its support to Gandhi, including Congress, CPI (M), CPI, NCP, National Conference and DMK.
So, the arithmetic of BJP and other parties, particularly the oppositional parties are showing more conscious reaction towards the election of Vice-President. The support of BJP- the NDA candidate M V Naidu is hoping to be next elected Vice-President of the nation, but there have in this discourse of VP election is carving binary practice of political juncture. Though, NDA has majority votes in both Houses but most of the oppositional parties are have significant ambition to vote for Gandhi as alternative path for uncanny reaction NDA dominant political practice. The step-up of new Vice – President on the altar of democratic discourse is just on wait for signifying remarkable approach for the country.