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Vice Presidential election, 2022

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Vice Presidential election, 2022

  • The ruling party has declared the West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar would be the candidate for the post of Vice President of India.
  • The Vice President is the second highest constitutional office in India.
  • He/She serves for a five-year term, but can continue to be in office, until the successor assumes office.
  • The Vice President is the ex-officio Chairperson of the Council of States (Rajya Sabha).
  • The Constitution is silent on who performs the duties of the Vice-President, when a vacancy occurs in the office of the Vice-President of India, before the expiry of his term, or when the Vice-President acts as the President of India.

Removal :

  • Vice-President may be removed from his office by a resolution of the Council of States passed by a majority of all the then members of the Council (Rajya Sabha) and agreed to by the House of the People (Lok Sabha).
  • A resolution for this purpose may be moved only after a notice of at least a minimum of 14 days has been given of such an intention.
  • The Vice President may resign his office by submitting his resignation to the President of India.


  • Should be a citizen of India.
  • Should have completed 35 years of age.
  • Should be qualified for election as a member of the Rajya Sabha.
  • Should not hold any office of profit under the Union government or any state government or any local authority or any other public authority.

Electoral College:

  • As per Article 66 of the Constitution of India, the Vice-President is elected by the members of the Electoral College.
  • Electoral College consists of:
  • Elected members of Rajya Sabha.
  • Nominated members of Rajya Sabha.
  • Elected members of Lok Sabha.


Model Question

Q. Which among the following constitutes the Electoral College of the Vice-President in India?

  1. Elected members of Lok Sabha
  2. Nominated members of Rajya Sabha.
  3. Elected members of Rajya Sabha.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer : D

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