Modi congratulates Venkaiah, says VP-elect will serve nation with dedication
06 August, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Irene Delgado
The fight appears to be tilted towards NDA candidate Naidu, owing to the BJP's majority in the Lok Sabha.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi wished the Vice-President elect with a word of caution on his challenges as presiding officer in the Rajya Sabha.
Incidentally, both the ruling and Opposition camps claimed to have received more than their combined numerical strengths indicating at cross-voting, just as in the recent Presidential polls. This stole the show for him as an ex-officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. Speaking to the media, Sachin asserted on the need to use ones' right to vote. For every five years, Vice President election took place in India.
Vice President elect Venkaiah Naidu today promised to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by his esteemed predecessors. He is well known for his witty one-liners. Gandhi, the former Governor of West Bengal and a diplomat, was supported by the Congress, the Left parties, the Nationalist Congress Party, the Dravida Munetra Kazhagam, the Trinamool Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the National Conference. Later, he turned an academic, author and columnist. He was re-elected to the post on August 11, 2012.
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was the first from RSS background to occupy the post of Vice President. The Vice President is also the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
Speaking to the media, Gandhi thanks all the opposition party MPs who voted for him.
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The voting began at 10 am Saturday and will go on till 5 pm in the evening. He was accompanied by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and other BJP leaders. He secured 516 votes out of the 760 valid votes.
Venkaiah Naidu, who was Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Urban Development in the Modi government before he contested the elections, opened an early lead during the counting of votes. "I have written a polite letter to everyone and the response has been very good". "Confident that they all will support me" he added.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury too expressed satisfaction over the number of votes bagged by the opposition candidate going up since the presidential election.
Not one to shy way from controversial remarks, Naidu has received flak from opponents on several occasions.
Mamata Banerjee said opposition leader Gopal Krishna Gandhi fought this election with dignity for certain ideals.
According to the reports, Venkaiah Naidu, the NDA candidate for the Vice Presidential election, is likely to sail through the election on Saturday.
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