Mumbai: TRS is set to support Opposition candidate Margaret Alva for the Vice-Presidential election, slated to be held on August 6. Alva filed her nomination for the polls on July 19.
The Vice Presidential elections are to be held on August 6 as the tenure of the incumbent M Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10.
Party leader in Rajya Sabha Keshav Rao told ANI, “The parliamentary leader of TRS said that party president K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to support Margaret Alva, the candidate of the United Opposition.”
“TRS has a total of 16 MPs in the parliament and has been advised to vote accordingly after consulting all the MPs,” he added.
Alva filed her nomination for the Vice Presidential election on 19 July. The opposition parties on July 17 decided to field the former Rajasthan governor as their joint candidate for the Vice Presidential election. The decision to field Alva was taken at a meeting of opposition leaders of 17 parties at NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s residence.
At the same time, the ruling NDA has made West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar its joint candidate for the post of Vice President. Dhankhar, a lawyer by profession, entered politics in 1989.
He became the Governor of West Bengal in July 2019 and has been making headlines for his turbulent relationship with the Mamata Banerjee government since then. He tendered his resignation as the Governor of West Bengal after being nominated for the post of Vice President.
The vice president of India, which is the second-highest constitutional post in the country, is elected through an electoral college consisting of members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.