Venkaiah Naidu elected India's next Vice-President

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A key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet, Naidu has served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi government while he has also served as the Union Minister for Rural Development in Atal Bihar Vajpayee government. Later, he turned an academic, author and columnist. By virtue of being the Vice-President, Naidu will also preside over the Rajya Sabha as its Chairman. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for on August 11. In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP is now the single largest party with 58 members, overtaking the Congress which has 57.

First, just like President Ram Nath Kovind, Naidu has also risen from the ranks.

In fact, the prime minister was standing in queue even before the voting hall opened at 10 am.

The voting began at 10 am Saturday and ended at 5 pm this evening.

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"We had calculated that we would get 490 votes, which is also above the quota (majority mark) of 381 votes, but this is unprecedented", said a senior general secretary of the BJP.

Out of 760 valid votes, Venkaiah Naidu got 516 votes and UPA's candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.

Talking about their association, Modi said, "My mind is filled with memories of working with Venkaiah Naidu, in the party and government. I am contesting for Vice President of India", he added.

Vice-president Election Today: The Vice-president elections 2017 will be held today and the leaders of both the houses of Parliament will decide the next Vice-president of the country. I wrote a polite letter to all seeking their support. Naidu expressed confidence on Saturday that most of the parties will vote for him.

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Known for coining witty acronyms, Naidu did so recently with the initials of APJ Abdul Kalam when he said APJAK stands for "Anything is possible with Just Attitude and Karma". "Parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in the election", said Naidu.

NDA vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu has sought support from all parliamentarians, assuring them that he will uphold the spirit and principles of the Constitution and dignity of the office of the vice- president.

Mihir Swarup Sharma in a piece for NDTV writes that Venkaiah is not really a match for the NDA's three previous candidates for the post of VP, i.e. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (2002), Najma Heptullah (2007) and Jaswant Singh (2012).

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