Venkaiah Naidu Swears In As 13th Vice President Of India
New Delhi: Senior politician M Venkaiah Naidu swears in as the 13th vice president of India on Friday. Naidu is the first vice President who was born in independent India. He succeeded Hamid Ansari.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. After the ceremonial reception, Naidu took over as the speaker of the Rajya Sabha in the Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Naidu as the Rajya Sabha chairman saying that he knows the working of the House very well after being active in politics for so long.
Modi lauded Venkaiah Naidu that he always upheld the interests of the poor as he is a farmer’s son. He further said that the presence of a farmer’s son in a highest constitutional position is a proof of a ‘matured democracy,’ in India.
Referring to President Ram Nath Kovind, who also came from a humble background, Modi said that all the Constitutional positions today are occupied by poor or sons of farmers or commoners.
The leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, welcomed the new vice president and advised him to be unbiased and to give primacy to justice above any party or religion.
Speaking further, Azad said that when a person is in a particular party he works his best to spread the party’s ideology. But, when one assumes the third position i.e., a constitutional position where one needs to be unbiased, wisdom and justice becomes more important than party or religion to the person, he said.
Before taking oath, Venkaiah Naidu visited Rajghat and paid floral tribute to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.