M Venkaiah Naidu elected Vice President

Marie Harrington
August 6, 2017

Prime minister Narendra Modi will address the Parliament members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday, ahead of the vice-president's election on Saturday. Naidu is contesting the vice-presidential polls against UPA candidate, former West Bengal governor Gopal Gandhi, who is also the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

Out of 771 votes polled, 11 were declared invalid.

The BJD, which has 28 members in Parliament, and the JD (U) with 12 MPs had switched over to the opposition camp after supporting the NDA in the presidential poll.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Naidu expressing confidence that the former Union Minister will remain committed to the goal of nation building. In fact, the PM was standing in queue even before the voting hall opened at 10 am.

He came to the spotlight for his role in "Jai Andhra" movement of 1972 and became the convenor of the anti-corruption Jayaprakash Chhatra Samiti in 1974.

NDA's Ram Nath Kovind won the recent Presidential elections to become the 14th President of the country. "We give him our best wishes and hope that he will stand by the values of multi-party democracy and be an able custodian of the Indian Constitution".

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In an effective electoral college of 787 members, Naidu seems to be in a comfortable position as the NDA has a clear majority in the Lok Sabha and has support of some political parties from the south.

Why is Naidu all set to win? In such a way, giving our dignity to the Rajya Sabha will be our biggest challenge. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1998. However, BJP leaders are hopeful of crossing the 500 mark.

Mr Naidu also said that he would endeavour to enable every member in Rajya Sabha to make a meaningful contribution. After Emergency, he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly in 1978 and was a legislator till 1985.

He said the members who voted for him did what they thought was for nation's good, which was the affirmation of the right to free thought, free speech, the right to hold a different opinion and the duty to serve cause of pluralism and secularism in India.

He was minister for Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs in the Modi government and earlier also held the Parliamentary Affairs portfolio. He has been in the Modi cabinet through all the shuffles and drops outs, since 2014, Naidu has served in three different Ministries.

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