New Delhi, July 19
The stage is now set for a contest between ruling NDA’s nominee Jagdeep Dhankhar and united Opposition candidate Margaret Alva for the August 6 vice-presidential election, as the latter today filed her nomination papers in the presence of senior leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and others.
Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Jairam Ramesh; CPM chief Sitaram Yachury, CPI’s D Raja, SP’s Ramgopal Yadav, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva and MDMK’s Vaiko were also present.
Incidentally, no leader from the Trinamool Congress or the Aam Aadmi Party was present during the nomination filing.
The poll will be held on August 6 to elect the successor to M Venkaiah Naidu, whose term ends on August 10.
“It is a privilege and honour to be nominated as the candidate of the joint Opposition for the post of Vice-President. I accept this nomination with great humility and thank the leaders of the Opposition for the faith they’ve reposed in me,” said Alva.
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