Voting begins to elect 14th Vice President of India, results by evening

06 August, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Venkaiah Naidu is contesting the vice-presidential polls against UPA candidate Gopal Gandhi. Source PTI

He got 516 votes out of the total 760 valid votes.

Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi got 244 out of the 717 votes to his credit.

Out of a total number of 785 MPs, 771 MPs had exercised their franchise in the Vice Presidential poll while 14 lawmakers abstained from voting. Ironically, before being picked, he had famously said that he was happy being "Usha pati".

Sheriff will serve as Returning officer while counting in the Vice President Election 2017 Results Votes.

During his three decades in public life, Mr Naidu has held several positions, including President of BJP. The opposition has fielded Gopal Krishna Gandhi against Naidu.

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The name of the next Vice-President of India is expected to be announced by 7pm today. Soon after his joining the party, he rose in ranks and became the General Secretary of the Party in Andhra Pradesh in 1985.

"I thank those who voted for me".

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Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu entered the RSS by accident - his links began in childhood when he chanced upon a "shakha" while playing.

Naidu was later imprisoned under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during the Emergency period between 1975 and 1977. He hit the national scene when he was one of the prominent opposition spokespersons along with S Jaipal Reddy (who was then in the Janata Party) during the campaign by NT Rama Rao following his dismissal as the Andhra Pradesh chief minister, by Indira Gandhi in the 1980s. Also, the elected candidates have to cast their vote.

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Naidu faced severe backlash for the remarks, which came amid the rising agrarian distress and farmer suicides. One, he said, of Naidu and another of free speech.

The vice president takes over in the event of the death, resignation or removal of the president and is also chairman of the upper house of parliament, or Rajya Sabha. On Friday the ruling combines made last minute arrangements to muster maximum support along with PM Modi giving a pep talk to MPs, including those from parties outside the NDA, at a dinner hosted by him. From Parliamentary Affairs, he was shifted to Information and Broadcasting Minister which portfolio he held till he was nominated as the Vice Presidential candidate. He later quit the post after the NDA's defeat in the Lok Sabha election of 2004.

He remained underground until his arrest, distributing anti-government literature in educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, travelling on a scooter along with a woman activist on pillion in a bid not to arouse suspicion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Naidu expressing confidence that the former Union Minister will remain committed to the goal of nation building.

Naidu further said he was "fully conscious" of the role and responsibility of Parliament in furthering the cause of the nation. I wish him all the best in his new office of Vice-President. He also launched various urban missions including the Smart City Project, Atal Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Housing for All during his tenure as the Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

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Also, the elected candidate has to deposit the Rs. 15,000 as a security deposit. He was re-elected on a BJP ticket when N T Rama Rao swept the polls in the state.

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