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As it happened: Venkaiah Naidu takes oath, Narendra Modi praises India's 13th vice-president

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As it happened: Venkaiah Naidu takes oath, Narendra Modi praises India's 13th vice-president
  • 11:35 (IST)

    Naidu stands for Now All India's Dearest Umpire: Derek O'Brien

    As if his speech could not get more entertaining, TMC MP Derek O'Brien also read out a poem with some funny rhymes to welcome Venkaiah Naidu as the Rajya Sabha chairman.

  • 11:33 (IST)

    AIADMK MP A Navaneethakrishnan really misses no opportunity to talk about Amma

    You have to give some credit to A Navaneethakrishnan. He really misses no opportunity to mention Jayalalithaa in the House. "As everyone knows, the Chairman was very close to honourable Amma in Tamil Nadu," he said.

  • 11:30 (IST)

    People from politics should be appointed to posts like these: SP

    "There is a radical change when a political activist reaches a position in which he is supposed to be apolitical," SP's Ram Gopal Yadav said in the Rajya Sabha.

    "People from politics should be appointed to posts like these because the non-political person cannot understand the difficulties of the political person," he said.

    "Properly conducting the House is not just the responsibility of the chairman. The leaders making noise in the House should also think about what they are making noise about," he added.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Ghulam Nabi Azad talks about freedom given to legislators in Rajya Sabha

    "I also want to point out that apart from the people, our democracy is also possible because of those leaders who sacrificed their lives of luxury and power to work for the country," Azad said, mentioning leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Motilal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, etc.

    "A party leader's point of view often changes when he comes into the ministry. That person then has to think of the country apart from his party too," Azad said.

    "Their is another post, which you have been appointed to now. Behind you, there are the (mark of) weighing scales," he said.

    "There has always been the tradition of freedom given to all leaders in the Rajya Sabha to speak their minds," he said. "The responsiblity of this House is double. We are responsible to the people and to the state legislatures," he added.

  • 11:16 (IST)

    Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

    "You are not new to this House. You have been here as an MP and a minister too. At those times, we have had our jokes and disagreements," Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha.

    "You are one of the few people who rose from the bottom in his party," Azad said in the House. "There are many people who risen from weak sections of the society. This is the beauty of our democracy," he added.

  • 11:12 (IST)

    "We will have a bit of difficulty in the House now," Modi said, adding that many legislators in the House will be taken aback at how one of the leaders who was among them in the House is suddenly the vice-president.

  • 11:09 (IST)

  • 11:07 (IST)

    Narendra Modi congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

    "Venkaiah Naidu is the first vice-president who was born in independent India," said Modi in the Rajya Sabha.

    "Perhaps the country has also got the first vice-president who is so well aware of nitty-gritties of the Parliament," added the prime minister.

    "Naiduji was completely devoted to the JP movement and student politics," he said, adding that this commitment was the reason why Naidu was chosen as the vice-president.

    "On the issues of farming, agriculture and rural development, Naiduji has been giving detailed analysis. Even when he was urban development minister, he had more inputs about rural development," Modi added.

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu chairs Rajya Sabha session

  • 10:25 (IST)

  • 10:14 (IST)

    Watch: Venkaiah Naidu takes oath

  • 10:11 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu takes oath as vice-president

Vice-President-elect M Venkaiah Naidu will on Friday take oath as the 13th Vice-President of India at around 10 am. Naidu, the National Democratic Alliance's nominee, had defeated former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the Opposition candidate in the 5 August election.

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

File image of Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File image of Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Naidu will also take over as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha from the outgoing vice-president Hamid Ansari. The vice-president is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament.

M Hamid Ansari, who held the constitutional post for the last ten years, stepped down as the Vice-President of India, bringing to an end what was largely an uncontroversial tenure with unexpected outspoken comments that stirred a national debate.

Ansari, 80, was first elected vice-president and Rajya Sabha chairman in 2007, when he defeated the NDA's candidate Najma Heptullah. In 2012, he was re-elected to the post when he won against the BJP's Jaswant Singh by 252 votes.

The soft-spoken former diplomat — the only vice-president to serve two terms after S Radhakrishnan — marked his departure with words of concern about threats to plurality and about insecurity among Muslims in a television interview on Wednesday.

Naidu, however, rejected the outgoing vice-preident's views that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country as "political propaganda".

"Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda. Compared to the entire world, minorities are more safe and secure in India and they get their due," Naidu told PTI.

He also disagreed with the view that there is growing intolerance, saying Indian society is the most tolerant in the world because of its people and civilisation. There is tolerance, that is why democracy is so successful, he said. The former BJP president also cautioned against creating divide in the nation by singling out one community, saying it will draw adverse reaction from other communities.

"If you single out one community, other communities will take it otherwise. That is why we say all are equal. Appeasement for none justice for all," the 68-year-leader and former Union minister said. He said history has proved that there is no discrimination against minorities. "They (minorities) got in prominent positions including constitutional responsibilities because there is no discrimination, and also on account of their merit," he said.

Although Naidu refrained from openly criticising anybody, his comments were apparently a rejoinder to Ansari's statement that insecurity amid Indian Muslims was on a rise due to increased intolerance.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 14:17 PM

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