Vice President Election 2017: Voting underway

Sunday, 06 Aug, 2017

Hence it is a cake walk for M Venkaiah Naidu to end up victorious in the Vice-president election.

In a telephonic conversation after the results were declared, Ansari wished Naidu "the very best for his future role as the Vice-President of India and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha", an official statement said.

Seasoned politician M Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the Vice President of India by registering a comprehensive win over his rival Gopal Krishna Gandhi. 761 out of total 785 votes polled.

Naidu held the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Urban Affairs in the Modi Cabinet and has also served as the minister of parliamentary affairs. Among the 14 MPs who didn't vote, three were from the ruling National Democratic Alliance while 12 were from the Opposition.

"I promise to uphold the constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed predecessors", Naidu said on Twitter. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support. Fourteen MPs of different political parties did not vote due to varied reasons. "As a rising nation, we have the onerous responsibility of overcoming poverty, illiteracy, social and gender discrimination, corruption and debasement of politics", he said.

"First of all I would like to congratulate Venkaiah Naidu as the new Vice President of India".

Naidu will be the second BJP leader to become Vice President after Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (2002-2007). Congress leader Jairam Ramesh also claimed that Telangana government placed the order to buy vehicles from Harsha Toyota, owned by Venkaiah Naidu's son Harshvardhan Naidu, "in contravention of rules, and without even floating a tender".

At the beginning of the voting session today, Venkaiah Naidu expressed confidence that majority parties will vote for him. "(I) will cherish this aspect of our association".

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

Weeks before his nomination was announced by the BJP, curious scribes at a party function in May asked him if he was in the race to be the Rashtrapati or Uprashtrapati.

Recently elected President Ram Nath Kovind and Naidu were both associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or National Volunteer Corps, the ideological fountainhead of Hindu groups, early in their political careers.

He is one of the foremost admirers of the Prime Minister and has coined the phrase "MODI: Making of Developed India".