Venkaiah Naidu To Be The 13th Vice President Of India
New Delhi: The BJP former president and former minister and NDA nominee, M Venkaiah Naidu, was declared as the 13th vice president of India by Returning Officer on Saturday.
Election for the post of Vice President was held on Saturday. West Bengal former governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi was in the race as the united opposition candidate. While Venkaiah was polled 544 votes, Gopal Krishna Gandhi could procure only 244 votes.
Venkaiah Naidu will be taking oath of office on August 11. The term of office of the incumbent VP will expire on August 10. Total polling in the vice presidential election was 98.21 per cent, with 771 of the 785 eligible ballots cast.
A total of 14 MPs did not vote in the vice presidential polls. These included 2 MPs from BJP, 2 from INC, 2 from IUML, 4 from TMC, 1 from NCP; 1 from PMK and Independents.