New Delhi, August 5
Former Union Minister of iNdia M Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected the next Vice-President of India. M Venkaiah Naidu secured 516 votes out 760 valid votes. Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.
Although 785 MPs are there in both the Houses of Parliament, 14 MPs could not vote.
"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 told PTI.
"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," he added.
After the result was declared, Gopalkrishna Gandhi congratulated Naidu on the victory. "I wish him all the best for his new office," Gandhi said. "Thank those who voted for me. I was expecting handsome performance by united vote of opposition parties amd I am more than satisfied," he added.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Naidu. “I am confident Venkaiah Naidu will serve nation as a diligent and dedicated Vice-President, committed to the goal of nation building,” PM Modi said.
In a straight contest, Venkaiah Naidu, NDA’s candidate, was pitted against opposition nominee Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a former governor.
A 98.21 per cent polling was recorded in the election, with 771 out of 785 votes being polled. The voting started at 10 am and concluded at 5 pm.
The electoral college which elects the Vice-President, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, consists of elected and nominated members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
The strength of the electoral college is 790. There are two vacancies each in the LS and RS.
One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, M Venkaiah Naidu, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were among early voters.TNS/Agencies
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