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

Posted August 06, 2017

As was being expected, NDA's candidate Venkaiah Naidu has won the elections for the post of Vice-President.

In a telephonic conversation after the results were declared, Ansari wished Naidu "the very best for his future role as the Vice-President of India and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha", an official statement said.

Naidu, an NDA nominee, was today elected as India's next Vice President, receiving an overwhelming two-third votes against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. M Venkaiah Naidu has been a loyal leader of BJP from the past four decades and he hails from Andhra Pradesh.

Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey said, at the closing of voting process, 771 out of 785 MPs had cast their vote.

With Naidu's win, NDA now has reserved both the top constitutional positions - President and Vice President.

As Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, which was recently merged as Housing and Urban Affairs, Naidu pioneered the launch of several new urban missions, including the Smart City Mission, Atal Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Housing for All. In his characteristic wordplay, Naidu said he was happy being Ushapati - the husband of Usha, his wife. I hope that all members will vote.

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.

He said the fight in the election was for free thought, free speech, pluralism and secularism.

Addressing an event about India's "missile man" and former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Naidu had said his initials stood for "Anything is Possible with Just Attitude and Karma". The opposition has fielded Gopal Krishna Gandhi against Naidu.

Venkaiah Naidu served as the leader of BJP Legislative party from 1980 to 1985 and became General Secretary of Andhra Pradesh State BJP in 1985. Taking strong offence, BJP chief Amit Shah flayed the absentee MPs, and sought a written explanation from them. "(I) will cherish this aspect of our association".

Born in 1949 in Nellore district of what is today Andhra Pradesh, Naidu cut his teeth in student politics.

He served as the party spokesperson from 1996 to 2000. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support.