Who can become the Vice – President ?
The Vice-President of India is elected by all members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in accordance with the system of proportional representation by a single transferable vote. His term of office is five years. He can be re-elected. He is the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. He acts as the President during the temporary absence of the President, or during a casual vacancy in the office of the President for a maximum six-month period.
To be eligible to become Vice-President, he must be an Indian citizen, he must have completed the age of 35 years and he must be qualified to be a member of the Rajya Sabha. The Vice-President may be removed from his office by a resolution of the Rajya Sabha passed by a majority of all the then members and must be agreed to by the Lok Sabha. To move such a resolution, fourteen days notice must be given. Unlike the Vice-President of USA, the Vice-President does not automatically become the President, on the latter’s death, resignation or removal from office.