Vice-President Election 2022: ‘Abstain from voting,’ TMC’s letter to Suvendu Adhikari’s father


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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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Updated: Saturday, August 6, 2022, 14:45 [IST]

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Kolkata, Aug 06:
Trinamool
Congress
(TMC)
had
decided
to
abstain
from
the
vote,
as
they
pointed
out
on
‘not
been
consulted” on
Margaret
Alva’s
candidature.

TMC
MP
and
Parliamentary
Party
leader
in
Lok
Sabha
Sudip
Bandyopadhyay
wrote
to
Sisir
Adhikari,
who
is
still
an
MP
from
TMC,
informing
him
to
abstain
from
voting
as
decided
by
the
party.

TMC MP and Parliamentary Party leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay

Former
Union
Minister
Sisir
Adhikari,
who
is
the
father
of
Nandigram
heavyweight
Suvendu
Adhikari,
had
switched
allegiance
to
the
saffron
party
on
March
21,
2021,
ahead
of
the
West
Bengal
Assembly
elections.
He
had
followed
his
son’s
footsteps
and
joined
the
saffron
party
at
Home
Minister
Amit
Shah’s
rally
at
Egra
where
he
said,
“Save
Bengal
from
atrocities,
we
are
with
you,
our
family
is
with
you.
Jai
Siya
Ram,
Jai
Bharat.”

Polling
to
elect
the
next
Vice
President
of
India
began
at
10
am.
The
polling
will
continue
till
5
pm,
following
which
the
counting
of
ballots
will
take
place.

Vice-Presidental Election 2022: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh arrives in wheelchair to cast voteVice-Presidental
Election
2022:
Former
PM
Dr
Manmohan
Singh
arrives
in
wheelchair
to
cast
vote

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee and former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar (71) is pitted against joint Opposition candidate Margaret Alva (80).

With
the
ruling
BJP
having
an
absolute
majority
in
the
Lok
Sabha
and
91
members
in
the
Rajya
Sabha,
Dhankhar
has
a
clear
edge
over
his
rival.
He
is
likely
to
succeed
incumbent
M
Venkaiah
Naidu,
whose
tenure
ends
on
August
10.

All
MPs
of
the
Lok
Sabha
and
the
Rajya
Sabha,
including
nominated
members,
are
entitled
to
vote
in
the
vice
presidential
election.

The
two
Houses
of
Parliament
together
have
a
sanctioned
strength
of
788
MPs,
of
which
there
are
eight
vacancies
in
the
Upper
House.

Hence,
780
MPs
are
eligible
to
cast
their
ballot
in
this
election.





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