India to elect new vice president Saturday

Posted August 06, 2017

Sherif told reporters after counting that 11 votes were invalid and out of the 760 valid votes Naidu got 516 votes and his opponent Gopalkrishna Gandhi secured 244 votes.

The election is speculated to be a cake-walk for Naidu, because of the BJP's current strong position and their allies in the Parliament.

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While the NDA still is at a distance from gaining majority, the BJP, with 58 members, is now the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha. He hoped Naidu would be vice president of all sections of India. I am sure M Venkaiah Naidu ji's extensive knowledge and vast experience will be a great asset to the office of Vice-President & Rajya Sabha.

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Naidu has an edge as BJP has higher number of MPs in Lok Sabha. "I have written a polite letter to everyone and the response has been very good".

Initial speculation had put Naidu in the reckoning for the Presidential post, before the BJP eventually fielded former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind.

The Electoral College which elects the vice president consists of elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

Once an Advani protege, Naidu vigorously backed Modi for the prime minister's post before the 2014 elections.

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Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

The victor of the polls will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

From 2016 to till his nomination as the NDA's Vice Presidential candidate, Venkaiah Naidu held a profile of Information and Broadcasting minister. The NDA led by BJP, has 338 members.

Speaking to the media, Gandhi thanks all the opposition party MPs who voted for him. BJP MP in Lok Sabha Chhedi Paswan is barred from casting vote following a judicial pronouncement.

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Janata Dal-United, which is now a part of NDA, had announced support for Gandhi and is likely to vote in his favour. Fourteen MPs of different political parties did not vote for varied reasons. Also, by the August 10th, the incumbent Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari completes his second term. Added to this were 10 nominated members, most of whom were expected to vote for Mr Naidu.