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Vice-Presidential Election 2017 highlights: Venkaiah Naidu vows to uphold Constitution, dignity of Rajya Sabha

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Vice-Presidential Election 2017 highlights: Venkaiah Naidu vows to uphold Constitution, dignity of Rajya Sabha
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    21:51 (IST)

    Opposition numbers in the vice-presidential election hit by cross-voting, invalid and missing votes

    Nearly two dozen MPs of opposition parties defied their leadership and voted for the NDA's vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu, BJP sources said on Saturday. ​

    What should cause concern among the opposition, including the Congress, the Left and the TMC, is that their candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got only 19 votes more than their presidential nominee Meira Kumar even though 40 more MPs had pledged support to him.

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  • 21:38 (IST)

    Arvind Kejriwal acknowledges Naidu's victory

    AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said that Venkaiah Naidu's election will "enhance the dignity of this high office." He also commended opposition's vice-presidential candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi, saying that he fought the election with grace and upheld the high principles and ideas of democracy.

  • 21:34 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu's family reacts to his victory 

    Venkaiah Naidu's daughter Deepa Venkat said that the reason why Naidu was victorious was that he believes that politics is based on ideology and has no personal enemies.

  • 21:30 (IST)

    Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Sushma Swaraj visit Venkaiah Naidu's residence

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah paid a visit to Naidu at his residence after he won the polls. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also commemorated the occasion.

  • 21:26 (IST)

    Here's Venkaiah Naidu like you've never seen before!

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweets to Vice President elect Venkaiah Naidu at his residence in New Delhi

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    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu congratulates Naidu 

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    21:15 (IST)

    Raghubar Das congratulates Venkaiah Naidu, says he will create 'new India'

    Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das said in his statement on the vice-presidential elections that the nation would get the benefit of Naidu's experience, an official release said.

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    Venkaiah Naidu being greeted and his wife Usha after daughter Deepa Venkat after being elected as the Vice President of India

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    21:12 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu's win marks victory of common people, says Mehbooba Mufti

    Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday congratulated M Venkaiah Naidu on being elected the next vice-president of the country. In her congratulatory message to the vice-president-elect, she said his win marked the victory of the common people, whose struggle and aspirations he represented throughout his political life.

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    21:09 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu's election as vice-president completes constitutional quartet of leaders with BJP and RSS backgrounds

    Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the vice-president, completing the quartet of top four constitutional posts — President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Lok Sabha Speaker — going to persons from BJP with RSS backgrounds

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    21:05 (IST)

    Parkash Badal hails Venkaiah Naidu's victory, says he will help India become a superpower

    Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday congratulated M Venkaiah Naidu on being elected as the next vice-president of India.

    In a statement issued in Chandigarh, Badal hailed the former Union minister as "one of the most outstanding public figures", whose contributions to the causes of nation-building, peace and communal harmony were substantial.

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    Venkaiah Naidu thanks Hamid Ansari for his wishes

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  • 20:53 (IST)

    Vice President congratulates the Vice President-elect

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

  • 20:52 (IST)

    In Picture: Venkaiah Naidu receives the victory certificate

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    Venkaiah Naidu thanks Pranab Mukherjee for the wishes

  • 20:47 (IST)

    Gopalkrishna Gandhi says the votes he secured were an affirmation of right to free thought

    Gopalkrishna Gandhi said that the votes he secured were an affirmation of "the right to free thought and speech". Thanking the MPs and the parties that backed him in the election, he said they voted for what they felt was "national good". He said the number of votes he received was "beyond expectation".

    The former West Bengal governor said that the MPs voted for him to affirm "the right to free thought and speech and the duty to serve pluralism and secularism". - PTI

  • 20:43 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu's win is a great moment for India: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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    In Picture: BJP workers celebrate Venkaiah Naidu's win

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    Venkaiah Naidu ensured citizen participation in urban planning

    As he bids adieu to politics, M Venkaiah Naidu will be remembered for his contribution in some of the flagship schemes of the Narendra Modi government such as Smart City Mission and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana undertaken by the housing and urban affairs ministry.

    Naidu piloted a year-long consultations with state governments and other stakeholders before launching new urban missions, an exercise people close to him said was based on his "belief in cooperative federalism". - PTI

  • 20:36 (IST)

    K Chandrashekar Rao says Venkaiah Naidu will bring laurels to the post

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    Former president Pranab Mukherjee tweets to congratulate Venkaiah Naidu

  • 20:29 (IST)

    Opposition happy over increase in votes compared to presidential poll

    Ghulam Nabi Azad said the votes in favour of Gopalkrishna Gandhi increased by 19 in the vice-presidential election compared to the President's election, which according to him was a positive thing.

    "We have seen one thing that earlier in the presidential election, the opposition candidate got 225 votes, this time it was 244 votes."

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Position of vice-president has the crucial challenge of assuming non-partisan role: Sonia Gandhi

    Sonia Gandhi greeted M Venkaiah Naidu and said  "his position has the crucial challenge of assuming a non-partisan role" in running the Rajya Sabha.

    "The position of the Vice-President of India has the crucial challenge of assuming a non-partisan role in running the House of Elders, which acts as a storehouse of wisdom and sage advice for the government," Sonia Gandhi said in a statement. - IANS

  • 20:17 (IST)

    In Pictures: Narendra Modi and Amit Shah felicitating Venkaiah Naidu

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    Journey of Venkaiah Naidu is a victory of every small farmer: Amit Shah

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    Nitish Kumar sends his wishes to Venkaiah Naidu

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    On behalf of DMK, MK Stalin congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

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    An honour to become the vice-president: Venkaiah Naidu

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    Rajnath Singh congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

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    Number of votes Naidu got was beyond calculations: GopalKrishna Gandhi

    While GopalKrishna Gandhi congratulated Venkaiah Naidu for the win in the Vice-Presidential election, he also said that the number of votes he got was beyond certain calculations.

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    In Picture: Venkaiah Naidu being felicitated after the win

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    From Nellore to New Delhi, rewinding journey of Venkaiah Naidu

    From pasting party posters to an epitome of political and ideological loyalty who rose to become one of BJP's most visible leaders and now India's vice president-elect, Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has come a long way.

    Born to a humble agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district, the 68-year-old has served as BJP president, a minister in various portfolios and a long-time Rajya Sabha member. This remarkable career in politics has been more than four decades in the making.

  • 20:03 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu's wife congratulates him

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    Venkaiah Naidu wins 15th Vice-Presidential election

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    Ram Vilas Paswan too congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

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    Here's a look at the 2007 and 2012 elections

    In the 2007 vice-presidential 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.

  • 19:52 (IST)

    In Pictures: BJP leaders greeting Venkaiah Naidu

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    Strength of the electoral college is 790

    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 Lok Sabha, three seats are vacant in the Rajya Sabha. One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement. - PTI

  • 19:45 (IST)

    It is a great day for India's democracy: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the nation is changing and it is a great day for the democracy of India. He also said that Naidu has a heart for the poor and he is a leader of great eminence, who knows the Constitution.

  • 19:42 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu promises to uphold the Constitution as the vice-president

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    In Pictures: Venkaiah Naidu at his residence after the win

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Senior BJP leaders meet Venkaiah Naidu

    Senior BJP leaders, including Subramanian Swamy and Ravi Shankar Prasad, met Venkaiah Naidu at his residence to felicitate him.

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu's native village celebrates his win

  • 19:38 (IST)

    The Vice-Presidential election saw two victories: GopalKrishna Gandhi

    The election saw two victories - one of Naidu, another of free speech and the second victory belongs to all the people of India, said Gopalkrishna Gandhi

  • 19:34 (IST)

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

    "I will seek to utilise the vice-presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and uphold the dignity of the Upper House," Venkaiah Naidu told PTI.

  • 19:31 (IST)

    Shivraj Singh Chouhan sends his wishes


  • 19:30 (IST)

    Naveen Patnaik congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

  • 19:24 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu to take oath as 15th Vice-President of India on 11 August

Ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate M Venkaiah Naidu is tipped to be India's next vice-president as members of Parliament gear up to cast their ballot on Saturday.

The name of the next vice-president of India will be known on Saturday evening after the voting takes place during the day in Parliament House.

The ruling NDA, which has a majority in the Lok Sabha, is likely to find it easy to place its candidate as the next vice-president.

The Opposition has fielded Gopalkrishna Gandhi against Naidu as its candidate.

File image of M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

File image of M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

The  Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Janata Dal (United), which had supported NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president, have decided to back Opposition nominee Gandhi this time around.

Perhaps the most significant aspect about the vice-presidential nomination of Gandhi was that his name was first suggested by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) is now in alliance with the BJP in the state.

Members of Parliament will use special pens to mark their choice in the election scheduled to be held between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday. The counting of votes will commence after polling and the results will be declared by 7 pm, Election Commission officials said.

No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot.

The term of Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, is coming to an end on 10 August.

The electoral college, which elects the vice-president (who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha), consists of elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

The total strength of the two Houses is 790, but there are two vacancies in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha BJP MP Chhedi Paswan is barred from casting a vote following a judicial pronouncement.

In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the BJP has 281 members. The NDA, which is led by BJP, has 338 members.

In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP on Thursday overtook Congress to become the largest political party in the Rajya Sabha, where it now has 58 members against 57 of the main Opposition party.

Despite the expected outcome of the vice-presidential election, the polls are still relevant because BJP leader and key member of the Cabinet Venkaiah Naidu will be contesting against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson and an acclaimed civil servant, diplomat and former governor, who is a strong votary of secular ethos, and has clear and independent views.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 21:51 PM

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