Venkaiah Naidu,former Union Minister  elected as the 13th Vice President of India. He defeated Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the Vice-Presidential election on Saturday. Naidu secured 516 votes while Gandhi managed to get only 244 votes. On his victory Naidu said, “I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support.”
Over 98 percent voting was recorded in the vice-presidential election. 771 out of 785 MPs have voted in the election.
“Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity,” India’s vice president-elect said after being elected. “I will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House,” Venkaiah Naidu added.