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

M Venkaiah Naidu has been a loyal leader of BJP from the past four decades and he hails from Andhra Pradesh.

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.

"As chairman of Rajya Sabha I will uphold dignity and decorum of the house with cooperation of all members", he added.

The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Electoral College and, therefore, are entitled to participate in the election. While there are two vacancies in the LS, three seats are vacant in the RS also. He knows the constitution, knows Parliament democracy.

"Hindi as Rashtra Bhasha (national language) is very important, we can not do without it".

Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister K Palaniswami today greeted M Venkaiah Naidu on his election as the vice-president. A quick-witted and effective communicator steeped in RSS-BJP ideology, Naidu rose from the ranks to become the party president and a union minister to finally be India's vice president. Naidu had also said that he wanted to retire after seeing Modi on the prime ministerial post in 2019.

Naidu held the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Urban Affairs in the Modi Cabinet and has also served as the minister of parliamentary affairs. 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.

A two-term member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Naidu has always been known for his commendable orating skills.

Naidu will take the oath of office on August 11. He will surely lead the nation with wisdom and grace.

"My mind is filled with memories of working with Venkaiah Naidu in the party and the government".

Son of a farmer, Naidu lost his mother in an accident.

Voting for the vice presidential election 2017 ended with 98.21% of members of Parliament exercising their franchise. "I wish you all success in your distinguished service to the nation", he said.

Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh CM: He (Naidu) has been closely associated with Chhattisgarh, knew each party worker.

Why is Naidu all set to win? "Still, I became the president of the party", he pointed out recently in Mumbai. House of Elders is an important determinant of our democratic functioning to address appropriate checks and balances.

The name of the next Vice-President of India is expected to be announced by 7pm today.

"Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity", Naidu told PTI. "I have written a polite letter to everyone and the response has been very good". Despite getting selected for the second term in 2004, Naidu resigned following BJP's loss in the 2004 general elections. "Even so, we have got at least 17 unexpected votes from those who promised these to the Opposition", a senior BJP leader said.

"This time the opposition candidate has got more votes than last time". Thank all those who voted against NDA.

As an ABVP activist during the Emergency, Venkaiah Naidu was arrested and jailed.

  • Rogelio Becker