National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Vice Presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar after filing his nomination papers on Monday said that a farmer’s son has filed his nomination today. He said, “I never dreamed that such an opportunity would be given to a common man like me.”
After the filing process, he addressed the media and said, “Grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leadership for this opportunity.”
When asked about his feeling about being nominated for such a prestigious post, he said, “I come from a humble background and was born in a farmer family. I struggled to go to school and had to walk 6 km to reach school.
“While in this position, I salute the founders of our Constitution, our great democratic values and the strength of our civilization,” he said.
Former Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar filed his nomination to contest against the opposition’s Margaret Alva in the August 6 vice-presidential election.
After reaching the Parliament Library building to file his nomination, Jagdeep Dhankhar was joined by PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, BJP National President JP Nadda and other leaders of the saffron party.
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Who is Jagdeep Dhankhar?
Jagdeep Dhankhar, a lawyer by profession, entered politics in 1989 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan in the same year and became a Union Minister in 1990.
Dhankhar, who practiced in the Rajasthan High Court and the Supreme Court, was named a senior advocate in 1990, the same year he became a Union minister.
He was also a member of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from 1993 to 1998, representing the Kishangarh constituency.
The lawyer-turned-politician was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal in July 2019 and has since been with the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state.
The TMC leadership has often accused him of acting as an ‘agent of the BJP’, while the saffron party in the state sees him as a ‘protector of constitutional norms’. On his part, Dhankhar has claimed that he is following the rule book and the Constitution while pointing out issues to the Mamata Banerjee government and the state legislature.
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