New Delhi: The day has arrived when India will elect its 13th vice-president. Similar to the president, the vice-president also plays a significant part in country’s democratic system, more so, with the kind of powers Rajya Sabha has in Indian democracy.
However, unlike the president, the vice-president is elected only by the central legislature — the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
Furthermore, members do not just have to select their preferred candidate, but most importantly they also need to rank all candidates in order of their preference.
The NDA yesterday organized a dummy note in order to explain the working of the system, minimizing the possibility of invalid ballots.
Because if this, vice president election is strongly contested.
The government has majority in the Lower House and is in line to take a majority in the Rajya Sabha thanks to the recent good performance in state elections.
The vice-president has plenty of power when it comes to constitutional side of things. The vote is through a secret ballot, therefore, members may choose to vote based on their conscience, ignoring their party whips.