BJP-led National Democratic Alliance nominee and former Union Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the 13th Vice President of India. He will take oath as new Vice-President of India on August 11, 2017 and will thereby become the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
Details related to Vice-Presidential Elections 2017:
Over 98% poll percentage was recorded in the Vice-Presidential election 2017.
- 771 out of 785 MPs voted in the election, however 11 votes were found to be invalid.
- Mukul Pandey was the assistant returning officer for Vice-Presidential 2017.
- With 516 votes, Venkaiah Naidu defeated former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition candidate, who got 244 votes.
- M Venkaiah Naidu’s victory margin of 272 votes is the highest in a vice presidential election in the last three decades.
- During the 2012 polls, incumbent Hamid Ansari had secured 490 to NDA nominee Jaswant Singh’s 238 votes, while in the 2007 Vice-Presidential poll, Hamid Ansari had secured 456 votes; Najma Heptullah bagged 222 votes and Rashid Masood 075 votes.
Overview of Venkaiah Naidu’s Political Career:
Born to a humble agricultural family in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, 68-year-old Naidu was interested in politics since his childhood and joined Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1973.
- After completing his graduation, Naidu pursued his law from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam.
- Naidu first entered in the mainstream politics with ‘Jai Andhra Movement’ of 1972, and later joined BJP in 1980.
- He won the assembly election twice in 1978 and 1983 from Udayagiri constituency, and became the Rajya Sabha MP thrice in 1998, 2004 and 2010.
- He was elected as the national President of BJP in 2002.
- He served as a cabinet minister both under the Vajpayee-led government and Modi government.
- Mr Naidu served as the Rural Development Minister in the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In PM Narendra Modi’s government, he held the portfolios of Parliamentary Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development.
- He will be the third vice-president from Andhra Pradesh. The list includes Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and VV Giri, both of whom later became President