For Jagdeep Dhankhar, the win in the Vice Presidential poll was easy, but his biggest challenge will be to manage the friction in the Rajya Sabha.
As the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha — the Upper House of Parliament — running the House smoothly, after he takes the oath, will require all his managing skills.
As the tenure of the current Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is ending on August 10, Dhankhar will take over as the new Vice President of the country on August 11. As per the schedule, the current Monsoon Session of Parliament is to conclude on August 12, but if the Parliament session does not conclude before the scheduled time, then Dhankhar, as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha can conduct the proceedings of the Upper House for the last two days of the current session.
Considering the tussle going on between the government and the opposition inside and outside Parliament, it is believed that Dhankhar as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha will realise in the first two days the degree of difficulty in conducting the House and the eyes of the entire country will be on him.
In the Rajya Sabha, the NDA still does not have a majority and this is the reason why the opposition seems to be more aggressive here than in the Lok Sabha. Even during the current Monsoon Session, the opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha were constantly trying to target the government on the issue of hiked GST rates on food items, inflation and misuse of Central investigative agencies. During the last several sessions, there had been incidents of uproar, suspension of MPs in the Rajya Sabha and sit-in demonstrations at the Gandhi statue.
Amid the continued opposition uproar, current Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has been seen struggling to run the proceedings smoothly and now Dhankhar will have to face the same challenge for the next five years.
The strategists of the government are also well aware of the challenges in the Rajya Sabha, so alongwith hailing the victory, they are hopeful that Dhankhar’s long legal, legislative and public life experience will help him run the House smoothly.
Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha and Union Minister Piyush Goyal congratulated Dhankhar on being elected to the post of Vice President, saying, his tenure as Chairman will prove ideal in running the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha efficiently and will benefit the public on issues of national interest.
While Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, who played an important role in strategising the conduct of the Parliament session on behalf of the government, congratulated Dhankhar for the overwhelming victory and said that he has a long experience of legal, legislative and public life, which will be of great use to the country in running the House.
In the midst of increasingly bitter relations between the government and the opposition, Dhankhar will not only have to get the approval of the House for the legislative work of the government, but he will also have to ensure smooth proceedings by establishing better coordination with the opposition parties. Increasing the rate of productivity in the House will also be a big challenge for him.