Venkaiah Naidu elected 13th Vice-President of India, defeats Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Vice Presidential Election 2017: Venkaiah Naidu became the 13th Vice President of India. While Naidu secured 516 votes in his favour, Gandhi managed to get only 244 votes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2017 8:47 pm
Venkaiah Naidu, Vice Presidential Election, Venkaiah Naidu Vice President, Gopalkrishna Gandhi Vice-President election : Venkaiah Naidu became the 13th Vice President of India (PTI Photo)

NDA nominee and former Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the 13th Vice President of India after comfortably defeating Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the Vice-Presidential election on Saturday. While Naidu secured 516 votes in his favour, Gandhi managed to get only 244 votes. Reflecting on his thumping win, Naidu said, “I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support.”

Over 98 percent voting was recorded in the vice-presidential election. 771 out of 785 MPs have voted in the election, however 11 votes were found to be invalid, said Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey.

“Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity,” India’s vice president-elect said after being elected. “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,” Venkaiah Naidu added.

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In the 2007 Vice-Presidential poll, incumbent Hamid Ansari had secured 456 votes, while Najma Heptullah bagged 222 votes and Rashid Masood 075 votes. During the 2012 polls, Ansari had secured 490 to NDA nominee Jaswant Singh’s 238 votes.

Congratulating Naidu on his victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure.” The Prime Minister also expressed confidence that the Vice-President elect will serve nation as a diligent and dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building.

Who is Venkaiah Naidu ? 

Born to a humble agricultural family in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, 68-year-old Naidu was interested in politics since his childhood and joined ABVP in 1973. After completing his graduation, Naidu pursued his law from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam.

Naidu first entered in the mainstream politics with ‘Jai Andhra Movement’ of 1972, and later joined BJP in 1980. He became famous with the common people because of his outspoken skill and ability to work at the ground level.
He won the assembly election twice in 1978 and 1983 from Udayagiri constituency, and became the Rajya Sabha MP thrice in 1998, 2004 and 2010.

He served as a cabinet minister both under the Vajpayee-led government and Modi government. He served as a Minister of Urban Development, and also as a Parliamentary Affairs Minister under Modi government. He was elected as the national President of BJP in 2002. In his tenure, he had launched ‘Gaon Chalo Abhiyan’ where the party leaders reached out to the villagers at every corner of the country and also launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’.

With PTI inputs 

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    uppu reddy
    Aug 8, 2017 at 12:53 am
    congratulations great leader be next honorable president
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      C N Raghuraman Raghuraman
      Aug 6, 2017 at 6:38 am
      All major cons utional post are occupied by people with humble background. The era of en lement, elitist etc are slowly coming to an end. This decade Indians get freedom of people democracy.
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        Venkatarama Muthuswami
        Aug 6, 2017 at 6:21 am
        Congratulations. Indeed a good story of human achievement, but the real one will come if he can turn the acrimonious fish market called RS, into a chamber of wise men with sensible thoughts and useful deliberations and debates on public policies.
        1. M
          Aug 6, 2017 at 6:20 am
          India loosing political values. Going in wrong direction For this position we need honest person. Not person with broken promises.
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            Bonkered Bhakt
            Aug 6, 2017 at 5:27 am
            Venkiah was the first to condemn the killing(martyrdom in a bar) of Srinivas Kuchibotla in Kansas. Not many are martyred in a bar. Not many appreciate by condemnation such global sacrifice. So Venkiah deserves to be the VP of India!
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              Aug 6, 2017 at 4:33 am
              Good Result - Time Gopal Krishna Gandhi cannot exploit the g father Mahatma name in his favor ! Already Nehru clan suffers from the usurped name eh ! Stay committed to Nation and Do your Best to promote sincere leaders Dont fall for tricks !
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                Bhagwaa Dass, Commander NAMO Senaa
                Aug 6, 2017 at 4:27 am
                Hahaha duu Gandhi kaeyy rishtaeydaar kii laagg gayyii, bhaagg sallaey d. K Bose ganddwaeyy Gandhi
                1. A
                  Aug 6, 2017 at 3:31 am
                  SRINAGAR, India — Large anti-India protests and clashes spearheaded mostly by students erupted in disputed Kashmir on Tuesday after government forces killed two senior militants in a gunbattle and fatally shot a protester during an ensuing demonstration demanding an end to Indian rule. The protests following the killings spread across the region and were led mostly by students, after which authorities ordered the closure of educational ins utions.
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                    George Cruz
                    Aug 6, 2017 at 5:54 am
                    The J-K is and has been an integral part of India since the 1947 and the students who commit anti-national activities like pelting stones at the CRPF, raising Pk Flag, and burqa clad misguided women shouting anti-India slogans should be considered traitors and should be shot dead because they are responsible for the death of brave Indian soldiers. Historically as per British journals there was no visible presence of evil Islam or ungrateful Muslims in the Indian subcontinent until the arrival of barbaric/brutal Turkish invaders in the 1100s, so Kashmir never belonged to Muslims. The best option for these Kashmir separatist Sunni Muslims is to emigrate to the Islamic Caliphate Pak carved out of greater India in 1947. The Indian citizens would never allow or accept another Islamic Caliphate in the Kashmir Valley.
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