Gopalkrishna Gandhi sits through polling process in Parliament

Though Gandhi is not a member of either of the Houses, he was allowed as candidate contesting the election.

Published: 06th August 2017 12:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th August 2017 12:03 AM   |  A+A-

Opposition's joint vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi | PTI


NEW DELHI: The opposition's joint nominee for the vice-presidential election, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, today sat through most of the polling process in the voting hall in Parliament House.

Gandhi was also present when the counting took place between 6 pm and 7 pm in the same room.

Though Gandhi is not a member of either of the Houses, he was allowed as candidate contesting the election.

NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu was today elected as India's next vice-president, receiving overwhelming two-third votes against former West Bengal Governor Gandhi.

The 68-year-old BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh got 516 votes out of the total 771 votes cast, while Gandhi could manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid.

Although 785 MPs were eligible to vote in today's election, 14 MPs could not vote.

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