Venkaiah Naidu becomes 13th Vice-President of India, Burnol Time For Liberals

BJP leader and NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected 13th Vice-President of India after bagging majority of the votes of the electoral college comprising both the Houses of Parliament.

Naidu got 516 votes while his rival and former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.

The election saw almost 100 percent voting with 771 members casting their votes out of the 785 members. The voting percentage was 98.21 percent.

Besides BJP veteran L.K. Advani, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also cast their votes.

The Lok Sabha currently has 544 members and the Rajya Sabha 244. The Lok Sabha has two vacancies, while the Rajya Sabha has one vacancy.

BJP officials said that apart from the NDA’s 81 Rajya Sabha members and 338 Lok Sabha members, members of both Houses — of the AIADMK (50), YSR Congress (10) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (14), also voted in favour of Naidu.

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former West Bengal Governor and a diplomat, had the support of the Congress, the Left parties, Nationalist Congress Party, DMK, Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and National Conference. Janata Dal-United, which is now a part of NDA, had announced support for Gandhi.