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Venkaiah Naidu Is India's Next Vice President

Venkaiah Naidu Is India's Next Vice President
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Venkaiah Naidu Is India's Next Vice President
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2017-08-05T20:00:40+0530

India today elected M Venkaiah Naidu as its next Vice-President.

Naidu got 516 votes out of total 771 votes cast while Gandhi could only manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.

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.

Naidu will be the 13th person to hold the second highest Constitutional post.

The strength of the electoral college comprising both elected and nominated MPs of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is 790. While there are two vacancies in the LS, three seats are vacant in the RS also.

One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.

In the 2007 VP poll, incumbent Hamid Ansari had polled 456 votes, Najma Heptullah 222 votes and Rashid Masood 075 votes.

In the 2012 polls, Ansari had bagged 490 and NDA nominee Jaswant Singh 238 votes.

One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.

NDA nominee Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandi were among the MPs who cast their vote to elect the next vice president of the country.

Naidu, who is a Rajya Sabha member, arrived at around 10:05 am, five minutes after the voting begun.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday also cast his vote for the Vice President election at Parliament House.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi also cast her vote, accompanied by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the joint opposition candidate for the polls.

Unlike NDA's candidate Venkaiah Naidu, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, Gopalkrishna is not a member of either of House of Parliament, and hence cannot vote in the election.

He is being supported by 19 parties, including the JDU and the AAP.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, his deputy in the Upper House, Anand Sharma, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, were also present.

With numbers favouring Naidu, his victory appears to be certain.

The voting for the coveted post had begun at the Parliament House complex and lasted till 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, various Members of Parliament (MPs) have also cast their votes to elect country's 15th Vice President.

The former BJP leader, whose victory appears to be certain, was greeted by members of his party and the opposition.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, his party MPs Jyotiraditya Scindia, Deepender Singh Hooda, Sushmita Dev also cast their votes to elect the next chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

The vice president is the ex-officio member of the Rajya Sabha.

Boxer Mary Kom, a nominated member of the Upper House, and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is still a member of the Rajya Sabha, also cast their votes.

The Vice- President is selected through a secret ballot by the members of the Electoral College consisting of the members of both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Electoral College and, therefore, are entitled to participate in the election.

Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice. Votes marked with any other pen are liable to be rejected. The ballot paper shall contain the names of the contesting candidates, but does not contain any election symbol.

Unlike the President, the Vice-President is not allotted any special residential privileges while in office. While the President of India stays at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Vice-President is not subjected to any such benefits during his or her tenure. (ANI)

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