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Suryakant Jena

After the election of veteran leader Draupadi Murmu as the President of India, all eyes are now on the vice presidential election scheduled to be held on Saturday (August 6).

While the NDA has projected former West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar as their candidate to the second-highest constitutional office in the country, the Opposition has chosen Margaret Alva for the race.

Here are some trivia that you must know about the both the candidates contesting for the VP post.

Jagdeep Dhankar - NDA candidate

  1. Born in May 18, 1951 in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
  2. Lawyer by profession, he enrolled with the Bar Council of Rajasthan as an Advocate in 1979
  3. Elected to Lok Sabha in 1989 in Janata Dal ticket from Jhunjhunu seat
  4. Served as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the Chandra Shekhar ministry
  5. Joined Congress after Narasimha Rao became Prime Minister
  6. Elected to Rajasthan Assembly from Ajmer Kishangarh on Congress ticket
  7. Joined BJP after Ashok Gehlot became the face of Rajasthan Congress
  8. Left active politics to serve as senior lawyer in Supreme Court
  9. Takes oath as Governor of West Bengal in 2019
  10. Was a vocal critic of Mamata Banerjee government during his tenure as the WB Governor

Margaret Alva - Opposition candidate

  1. Born in April 14, 1942 in Mangalore, Karnataka
  2. She obtained a BA degree from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore and a law degree from Government Law College
  3. Joined politics after being influenced by both her mother and father in laws who were members of Parliament representing the Congress
  4. Worked to strengthen the Congress base in Karnataka
  5. Elected to Rajya Sabha in 1974, 1980, 1986 and 1992 from Karnataka
  6. Became Member of the Lok Sabha from North Canara seat
  7. Served as minister in Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao government
  8. Appointed Governor of Uttarakhand in 2009
  9. Also became the Governor of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa

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