Venkaiah elected 15th Vice President of country; PM wishes fruitful, motivating tenure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an opening ceremony for a new Parliament building with members of the Lok Sabha including Speaker Sumitra Mahajan first to the left of Modi and union ministers including parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar second

NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu will be the next vice-president of India after he beat Opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi by 516 to 244 of the 760 valid votes.

Congress general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad pointed out that opposition candidate Kumar had got 225 votes in the July 17 presidential election, whereas her counterpart in the vice-presidential poll, Gandhi, bagged 244 votes. Of the 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.

Election to choose the next Vice President on Saturday saw nearly 100 per cent voting with 771 members casting their votes out of the 785 members of the electoral college.

After his victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit visited his residence in the national capital to congratulate him. The voting will continue till 5 pm as there are 790 members of both Houses of the Parliament will take part. It also set him on a tedious journey - from an RSS activist to a ABVP member - which propelled him into the spotlight after the Jan Andhra Movement in 1972. I am sure Venkaiah Naidu ji's extensive knowledge and vast experience will be a great asset to the office of Vice-President & Rajya Sabha. Naidu became the 13th Vice President of the country succeeding Hamid Ansari.

During the Atal Bihari Vajpayee's governance, he held the portfolio of the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development and rose to the ranks of BJP National President in 2002. Though, BJP has become the largest party in both the houses, NDA is still in minority in Rajya Sabha.

Naidu further said he was "fully conscious" of the role and responsibility of Parliament in furthering the cause of the nation. In such a way, giving our dignity to the Rajya Sabha will be our biggest challenge. The BJP leaders are hopeful of crossing the mark of 500.

Serving various organisational posts in the party, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998.

Born in a farmer's family in Chavatapalem, Andra Pradesh in 1949, Naidu is a graduate in law.

His political activism, coupled with his oratory skills, paved his way to the Andhra Assembly from Udayagiri in Nellore district in 1978, and again in 1983.

Earlier in the day, Naidu had said that he had not campaigned for the election.

First, just like President Ram Nath Kovind, Naidu has also risen from the ranks.

Naidu has an edge as BJP has higher number of MPs in Lok Sabha.

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