Presidential elections: BJP's Venkaiah Naidu set to become 15th VP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an opening ceremony for a new Parliament building with members of the Lok Sabha including Speaker Sumitra Mahajan first to the left of Modi and union ministers including parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar second

"If I prepared a non-vegetarian meal, he (Somaiahji) would be happy to be a guest", said Naidu, fondly reminiscing his early years in the party. "Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity", India's Vice President-elect said. In Modi's government, first he was Parliamentary Affairs minister as well as the Housing and Urban Development. 761 out of total 785 votes polled.

Eleven votes were rejected.

Along with the above mentioned qualities and qualifications of Naidu, the other two unique hallmarks of the veteran politician are, that he is a great host in the capital inviting his party and cabinet, ministerial colleagues and journalists for lavish lunches at his residence. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure'.

Naidu will succeed Vice-President Hamid Ansari who will demit office on August 10. Ansari has done two terms.

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also lauded Naidu and said he would strengthen the democratic principles as Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha. BJP MPs Sanwarlal Jat and Vijay Goel could not vote in the Vice-Presidential Election because they are hospitalised, reported PTI. He has been in ICU since then.

Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as India's Vice President, said the Returning Officer and Rajya Sabha Secretary General Shumsher K Sherif here on Saturday. Naidu began his political stint in the seventies by pasting party posters as a young boy and later rose to success by becoming one of the most prominent leaders of the Bhartiya Janta Party. Will cherish this aspect of our association.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi also congratulated Naidu and thanked all those who voted for him. The election saw two victories - one of Naidu, another of free speech. A people's man; his roots & wisdom will take India to new heights.

Voting for Vice Presidential elections will be held today at the Parliament House complex between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

At the same time, Modi also told the BJP and NDA MPs that they should now meet Naidu instead of the leader of his party like Vice President and maintain his dignity.

With Saturday's election, those holding the three top positions in the country - the President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister - come from the BJP. BJP MP in Lok Sabha Chhedi Paswan is barred from casting vote following a judicial pronouncement.

Voting for the vice presidential election 2017 ended with 98.21% of members of Parliament exercising their franchise.

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