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Vice-Presidential Election: Narendra Modi, leaders across parties wish Venkaiah Naidu 'fruitful and motivating tenure'

NDA vice-presidential candidate nominee M Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the next vice-president of India on Saturday, defeating opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi by a margin of 272 votes.

The BJP veteran secured 516 votes while Gandhi got 244 votes. Of the 771 votes polled, 11 votes were declared invalid. "As M Venkaiah Naidu secured greater than the requisite quota of votes, I declare him as duly elected to the office of the Vice President of India," Secretary General of Rajya Sabha and Returning Officer, Shumsher K Sheriff, told reporters.

A slew of wishes also streamed in on social media as soon as the results were announced. Here are some of the reactions to Naidu's victory.

One of the first congratulations came from the prime minister himself, with Narendra Modi tweeting, "I am confident M Venkaiah Naidu will serve the nation as a diligent and dedicated vice-president, committed to the the goal of nation building." He added that he will cherish this aspect of their association.

Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi also spoke after Naidu's victory. He wished Naidu all the best in his new office and thanked those who voted for him. "The election saw 2 victories — one of Naidu, another of free speech; the second victory belongs to all of India," he added.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also conveyed her wishes to the newly elected vice-president.

Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan aso congratulate the vice-president on Twitter.

Rajyavardhan Rathore‏ called the vice-presidential elections 'free and fair' while greeting Naidu.

Chandrababu Naidu celebrated the announcement, with celebrations already beginning in Andhra Pradesh.

Amit Shah and Nitish Kumar also sent their regards to Venkaiah Naidu.

Sonia Gandhi also extended her party's support to further strengthen the Rajya Sabha.

DMK president MK Stalin commended Naidu's "vast experience in parliamentary procedures."

According to PTI, here's what Naidu had to say about the announcement, "I'm very humbled, thankful to prime minister & all party leaders for their support." "I will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and uphold the dignity of the Upper House," he added.

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


With inputs from agencies.

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 21:16 PM

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