HIGHLIGHTS | Venkaiah Naidu becomes India's 13th Vice-President, gets 516 out of 760 votes

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

Published: 05th August 2017 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2017 07:50 PM   |  A+A-

NDA candidate for Vice President Venkaiah Naidu sharing a light moment with other MPs as he arrives to cast his vote in the Vice Presidential Election in New Delhi on Saturday. | PTI

By Online Desk

NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu was today elected as the next Vice President of India by securing over two-thirds of votes leaving opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi far behind.
    
Naidu got 516 votes out of total 771 votes cast while Gandhi could only manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.
    
Although 785 MPs are there in both the Houses of Parliament, 14 MPs could not vote.
    
"Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity," India's vice president-elect told PTI.
    
"I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support. I will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House," he added.
    
Naidu will be the 13th person to hold the second highest Constitutional post.

The strength of the electoral college comprising both elected and nominated MPs of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is 790.

There are two vacancies in each House.

One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement. Two BJP leaders -- Sanwarlal Jat and Vijay Goel -- are hospitalised and could not vote, BJP leaders said.

Here are the key updates of the Vice Presidential polling:

  • I promise to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed predecessors, tweets Vice-President elect Venkaiah Naidu. (ANI)
  • Congratulate Venkaiah Naidu ji on being elected VP of India. My best wishes for success in your new responsibilities tweets Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik. (ANI)
  • Congratulate Venkaiah Naidu Ji, our next Vice-President; wish him well. In the tradition of democracy, GK Gandhi Ji fought with dignity for certain ideals: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (ANI)
  • Congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure, tweets PM Modi. (ANI)
  • NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu wins the Vice-Presidential Elections, defeating UPA's Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Out of 760 valid votes, Venkaiah got 516 and Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.
  • Counting for Vice-Presidential Election begins. (ANI)
  • 14 MPs absent from voting; 2 from BJP, 2 from INC, 2 from IUML, 4 from TMC, 1 from NCP; 1 from PMK & 2 Independent. Vijay Goel & Sanwar Lal Jat from BJP; Kunal Ghosh, Tapas Paul, Pratima Mondal&Abhishek Banerjee from TMC didn't vote. Mausam Noor & Ranee Narah from INC; Udayan Raje Bhonsle from NCP; Ambumani Ramadoss from PMK didn't cast their vote. Abdul Wahab & PK Kunhallikutty from IUML; Anu Agha & Naba Kumar Saraniya are Independent MPs who did not vote. (ANI)
  • Counting to commence at 6: Assistant Returning Officer Mukul Pandey. (PTI) [READ FULL REPORT]
  • Voting for Vice Presidential Election ends. Total 771 out of 785 votes polled, 98.21 per cent polling recorded. (ANI)
  • 96.94 per cent polling till 3 pm in vice presidential elections: Assistant Returning Officer Mukul Pandey. (PTI) [READ MORE]
  • 761 out of 785 votes have been polled till 3 pm.
  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi, UPA Vice- Presidential candidate Gopal Krishan Gandhi and others after casting their votes at New Delhi on Saturday. | (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)
  • 90.83 per cent voting till 1 pm in vice presidential elections: Assistant Returning Officer Mukul Pandey. (PTI)
  • Picture will be clear by this evening: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says about next vice president.
  • Everybody loves him a lot, he is most capable, he knows entire Parliament, the whole politics: BJP MP Hema Malini on Venkaiah Naidu.
  • Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote in the vice presidential polls
  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi casts her vote in the vice presidential poll. (Read more)
  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Gulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and
    others after casting their vote for the vice-president election at the
    Parliament house in new Delhi on Saturday.
    (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)
  • Voting for the vice presidential polls continues with MPs lining up to cast their votes.(Read more)
  • Majority of parties support my candidature: NDA's vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu (Read more)
    NDA's vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu in the
    Parliament House. (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)
  • UPA's Vice Presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi says there is only technical competition between him and Venkaiah Naidu. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cast his vote in the Vice Presidential polling.
The Prime Minister after casting his vote at the vice-president polls outside
  the Parliament on Saturday. (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)
  • Polling to pick the next Vice President of India begins. Members of Parliament will cast their votes between 10 am to 5 pm
  • Members of Parliament have arrived before the polling has started. They are waiting in queue to cast their vote to elect the next Vice President at the Parliament house in New Delhi 
    MP's waiting in queue to cast their votes. (EPS | Shekhar Yadav)

 

(with inputs from agencies)

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