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A journey: From Lawyer to Vice President of India

News by NRI Herald Australia, 11 August 2022

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Jagdeep Dhankhar's revival in the political landscape as West Bengal governor in 2019 amazed countless people, as has his uptick to the desk of Vice President of India.

Dhankhar, 71, was asserted as the Vice President on Saturday within a week of receiving 528 votes to direct competitor frontrunner Margaret Alva's 182.

His protracted legal professional life at the Rajasthan High Court as well as the Supreme Court, in addition to a short gig as the Centre's junior parliamentary affairs minister, might very well be useful as he holds power over through the Rajya Sabha as one of its Chairmen.

Dhankhar, who had previously worked with the Janata Dal as well as the Congress, just decided to join the BJP throughout 2008, after an approximately ten-month absence.

He had already espoused the Other Backward Classes issues, also including obtaining the Jat community in Rajasthan OBC status.

While his unexpected appointment as West Bengal governor in 2019 pushed him further into the national realm, he did not refrain from the hardships of ideology, and he was regularly engrossed in confrontations with the state's court decision Trinamool Congress.

The BJP alluded to Dhankhar as a "kisan putra" when declaring his candidature for the vice presidential race, a step shown in national politics as an apparent effort to appeal toward the ideologically relevant Jat community, which had engaged in substantial populations in the year-long farmers' demonstrations on the boundaries of the nationwide equity against agro-based structural reforms revealed in June 2020.

Before being appointed as West Bengal Governor in 2019, Dhankar seems to have been a relatively unknown figure in ideological circles, especially given that his most recent elected service was that of a Member of the Rajasthan Assembly from the Congress party from 1993 to 1998.

Dhankhar, who played sports in university and was interested in spiritual practise and vipassana, started out his political career with the Janata Dal and ended up winning the Lok Sabha election campaign from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan in 1989, under the darkness of the Bofors controversy. He served as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs under Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar for a short time.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ruling BJP's intellectual role model, managed to hold its three-day annual gathering in New Delhi last month.

Dhankhar was strongly affected by Devi Lal all through his early political career and eventually transitioned to the Congress all through Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao's time in office.

After retiring as an MLA, Dhankhar pursued a career as a lawyer, working as more than just a Supreme Court lawyer. He furthermore served as a member of the International Court of Arbitration in Paris for 3 years.

Dhankhar is a first-generation lawyer who is "properly stocked in official role," according to BJP President J P Nadda.Dhankhar is also famous for having cordial relationships with politicians from opposing parties, which will help enormously as he holds sway over the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that Dhankhar was very much into parliamentary matters as well as seemed to have an incredible understanding of the Constitution.

The prime minister spoke on July 16. "I am confident that he'll be an exceptional Chair in the Rajya Sabha as well as mentor the House's litigation with the goal of advancing the country's development," the prime minister said.

His presidential race as Vice President would also imply that the ruling guards of either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha have been from Rajasthan, one of the only two states as of now governed by Congress government entities, which happens to be up for consideration next year.

"According to Nadda, Dhankhar's backstory exemplifies the enthusiasm of the new India, which is resolving countless socioeconomic obstacles to achieve its goals"

Dhankhar was born on May 18, 1951 in New Delhi.

Dhankhar was brought into the world on May 18, 1951, in Kithana, in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district. He attended primary school in his hometown of Kithana before enrolling in the Sainik School in Chittorgarh on some kind of full scholarship.

As per his life story on the West Bengal Raj Bhavan homepage, after earning a degree from Sainik School, he enrolled in the B.Sc (Honours) Physics course at Maharaja's College, Jaipur.

He is indeed a voracious reader as well as a sports fan, and he has served as President of the Rajasthan Olympic Association as well as the Rajasthan Tennis Association.

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