New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected as the 13th Vice-President of India.
In the vice-presidential elections, the result of which was declared at 7:00 pm today, Naidu bagged majority of the votes of the electoral college comprising both the Houses of Parliament.
Naidu got 516 votes out of 785 members while his rival and former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi received 244 votes.
The election recorded 98.21% polling.
Shortly, after he was elected as the new Vice President, Naidu said as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha he would sincerely try to steer the functioning of the House without “fear or favour” and uphold its dignity with cooperation of all members.
Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other party leaders for their support, the vice president-elect said he will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president.
Reacting to his expected victory, he said, “Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity.”
In all, 771 out of 785 MPs cast their votes. Votes of 11 MPs were, however, declared invalid. Fourteen MPs of different political parties did not vote due to varied reasons.
Naidu will take oath of his office on August 11.
The term of incumbent Hamid Ansari will come to an end on August 10. Ansari held the position for two consecutive terms during 2007-2017.
Congratulating Venkaiah Naidu on being elected as the country’s Vice President, PM Modi tweeted, saying he is confident that Naidu will serve the nation as a diligent and dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building.
Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi also congratulated Naidu and thanked all those who voted for him.
“I congratulate M Venkaiah Naidu Garu on his victory. I thank all the MPs who voted for me. They voted for free speech and pluralism. The election saw two victories – one of Naidu, another of free speech. The second victory belongs to all the people of India”, Gandhi was quoted as saying by ANI.
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