Venkaiah Naidu on becoming Vice-President: ‘Coming from agricultural background, never imagined I would be here’

Venkaiah Naidu said: "Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity."

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 5, 2017 8:04 pm
venkaiah naidu, Vice president, Venkaiah Naidu vice President, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Vice presidential election Venkaiah Naidu today became India’s 13th Vice-President defeating Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

Venkiah Naidu has been elected as the 13th Vice-President of the country after defeating Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi in a parliamentary election held on Saturday. While Venkaiah Naidu secured 516 votes, Gopal Krishna Gandhi managed to gather only 244 votes. Speaking to PTI, Naidu said he had never imagined that he would become the Vice-President of the country as he had humble beginnings. “Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity,” Naidu told PTI.

He added he will use the Vice-Presidential institution to support and strengthen the President’s office. “I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support. I will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House,” PTI quoted him as saying.

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Meanwhile, Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi congratulated Venkaiah Naidu on winning the elections. “Congratulate Venkaiah Naidu Garu on his victory, wish him all the best for his new office. Thank those who voted for me;was expecting handsome performance by united vote of opposition parties & I’m more than satisfied,” said Gandhi. Venkaiah Naidu will address the BJP at the party’s headquarters this evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Naidu on his comfortable win against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who secured 244 votes. In a tweet today, the Prime Minister said: “Congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure.” He further said: “I am confident Venkaiah Naidu will serve nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building.”

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  1. M
    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:27 am
    That is great achievement for farmer son. Pl. keep election promise made Special Status for AP by you and PM . Also bring some rules defection of MLA and MP, then public will apprecaite
  2. L
    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:12 am
    Venkaiah Naidu is hard core nationalist and never compromised his ideology or changed party for power. But he fought Congress politics and policies tooth and nail. Yet he could not build mass cadre base in AP. Hope he will be the best VP.
  3. R
    Aug 6, 2017 at 3:07 am
    .....those who have seen it over the decades can understand the significance of it all for a 127 crores people who all are equally deserving of a decent livelihood and comfortable life.....the sacrifices of RSS-BJP combine in reaching the stage that they are in is visible in the humility of each one of their highly powerful, influential and visionary stalwarts that the fully home-grown socio-political outfit of RSS-BJP is not short of.....Nationalists to the core who derive their strengths from service to every citizen from the poorest of the poor of the Nation to the rich and the richest of our people ...everyone deserves a place under the sun is their philosophy in their inclusive governance outlined in "sab ka saath, sab ka vikas"....Congratulations to all Indians for making their government strong by supporting BJP.
  4. R
    Aug 6, 2017 at 2:51 am
    Good News For The Nation......the larger message being that a fully home-grown socio-political outfit of RSS and its wholly political progeny BJP is in control and command of the Nation......finally nas it ws destined to be for all the demographically-righteous reasons......a necessity that a billion-plus Nation recognised and expressed in 2014 but at the cost of millions of jansanghis and their families whose nationalist-struggles and consequential miseries right from 40-50yrs before independence remained neglected by the political establishments and historians of the corrupt-colonial-congress- era . Let us keep this establishment last till every Indian prospers and lives in comfort .....any other dispensation in power cannot meet even a fraction of what the NDA government is able to ....and the reason is a sincere intention to treat all citizens deserving of decent life and livelihood.
  5. M
    Aug 5, 2017 at 11:36 pm
    Venkaiah Naidu Garu, Congratulations. Bagu na andi?
  6. B
    Aug 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm
    Bhakts must be rewarded. Congratulations
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