I am known to all members of Parliament, hence did not even campaign: Venkaiah Naidu

The voting in the vice-presidential election began at 10 am and will continue till 5 pm in the evening. The results are likely to come in by 7 pm today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:August 5, 2017 11:16 am
NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu reached Parliament to cast his vote

NDA’s Vice-Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu reached Parliament Saturday morning and cast his vote. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, the former Union Minister said that he is confident that other parties will support his candidature.. Describing himself as a “non-party man”, Naidu told ANI, “Majority of parties in India are supporting my candidature. I am confident that they all will vote in election.”

Naidu further went on to say that he is not contesting elections against any party or individual. “I am not contesting against anybody or any individual or party. I am contesting for the post of Vice-President of India,” he said. He further said that he did not campaign before the elections as he is known to all members of Parliament.

“I am known to all members of Parliament and they are known to me. Hence, I’m not even campaigning. I have written a polite letter to everybody and the response has been very good. I am confident that they will all support me,” Naidu said.

Naidu is contesting against Opposition candidate and former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The contest between the two is tilted in favour of Naidu, with the NDA having majority of seats in the Lok Sabha.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Gandhi said that the contest between the two is based on constitutional principles.

“NDA’s candidate is an experienced person. There is no competition as such between us; only technically there is,” Gandhi said. “It is a fight based on constitutional principles, in which I maintained complete civility and same has been done from other side too,” he added.

He also dismissed reports of the fight being ‘one-sided’ citing the instance of Meira Kumar who got a lot of votes despite ending up on the losing side in the presidential election.

The voting in the vice-presidential election began at 10 am and will continue till 5 pm in the evening. The results are likely to come in by 7 pm today.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    Amrita
    Aug 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm
    Just yesterday around lunchtime was outside your residence, saw the buzz and realized it was your home, A traffic policeman assisted me in getting an auto. Most autowallahs refused to ply and moved away when the police approached in a preagreed tactic. A few minutes into the ride the autowallah off loaded me saying he had to go elsewhere. You may like to check why right under your nose at the race course metro stations autowallahs are coerced into paying a monthly fee,Mr PM if this is seen by you pls note tht the honest are reeling under corruption and time the corrupt however highly placed are dealt with an iron hand. i gather this is a common practice this collusion.
    Reply
  2. P
    Parth Garg
    Aug 5, 2017 at 2:25 pm
    Sanctimonious statement.
    Reply