NDA’s choice Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the new Vice-President of the country replacing Mohammad Hamid Ansari who were in office since 2007. Venkaiah Naidu will serve as the 13th Vice-President of India. He secured 516 votes while his contender, former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi who was the choice of the joint opposition was only successful to secure 244 votes.
98.21 polling % was recorded this year and 771 MPs casted their votes. The voting began at 10 am and ended at 5 pm today. After winning the election, Naidu thanked all the MPs from party and opposition to vote for him. He expressed his gratitude on twitter by promising to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed predecessors. He also expressed his honour to be the Vice-President of India. PM Modi along with other leaders and ministers also congratulated him.
M Venkaiah Naidu has served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in Modi’s Cabinet while the opposition elect Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi is a retired IAS officer and diplomat. He was also the 22nd Governor of West Bengal serving from 2004 to 2009.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee also tweeted congratulating Naidu : “Many congratulations Venkaiah Naidu on your election as India’s Vice President. Goodluck & Godbless”. Now M Venkaiah Naidu to take oath on 11th August as 13th Vice-President of India