‘Privilege, honour’: Margaret Alva’s first reaction after vice presidential nomination

The Opposition’s vice presidential pick and veteran politician Margaret Alva said “it is a privilege and an honour to be nominated as the candidate of the joint opposition for the post of Vice President of India”.

“I accept this nomination with great humility and thank the leaders of the opposition for the faith they’ve put in me,” she said in a tweet – her first reaction after the announcement.

This evening, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar fielded Margaret Alva against NDA’s candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar, also a former Union minister and Governor of several states.

“17 parties are on board for this unanimous decision. Our collective thinking is Alva will file for a VP nomination on Tuesday,” Pawar said.

“We are trying to contact Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal. Last time they supported our joint presidential candidate,” the NCP chief told news agency PTI.

“We are all together in this election,” Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told PTI. Incidentally, the Sena has thrown their weight behind Droupadi Murmu, the NDA’s presidential candidate.

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Margaret Alva has been a Member of Parliament for around 30 years (a Lok Sabha MP from 1999 to 2004 and a Rajya Sabha MP from 1974 to 1998). She has also served as a Union minister under several terms of the Congress government and as the Governor of several states, including Goa and Rajasthan, among others.

Margaret Alva has served on some of Parliament’s most prestigious committees – the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU), the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and the Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs, among others.

In 1986, she was elected the Chairperson of the first Saarc ministerial meeting on Women in Development and the Unicef-sponsored Conference on Children in South Asia, which highlighted the plight of the girl child and led to the Saarc Heads of Government declaring 1987 as “The Year of Girl Child”.

Three years later, she presided over a core group appointed by the government of India to draft a Perspective Plan for Women to detail development strategies for women.

She represented India at all the major UN conferences during the ‘Decade for Women’.

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