Venkaiah Naidu Becomes 13th Vice President of India

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NDA Candidate Venkaiah Naidu becomes 13th Vice President of India.Out of 760 valid votes, Naidu got 516 votes and UPA’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.With Naidu’s win, NDA now has reserved both the top constitutional positions – President and Vice President. Voting in the vice-presidential poll was held today, with 771 of the 785 eligible Members of Parliament casting their votes. 14 MPs (2 from BJP, 2 from INC, 2 from IUML, 4 from TMC, 1 from NCP; 1 from PMK and 2 Independents) were absent during voting.

Venkaiah Naidu association with politics started off during his college years where he graduated in politics and diplomatic studies. He was part of BJP’s student wing, ABVP, during his college days and was a swayamsevak for RSS.

Later, when he went on to study in Andhra University, he was made ABVP president of all colleges under the university. It was in 1972 that he came into the spotlight with Jai Andhra Movement. The agitation led to the resignation of the then Andhra Pradesh chief minister PV Narasimha Rao and President’s Rule was imposed in the state.He has since been re-elected twice in 2004 and 2010 from Karnataka.

He served as the party spokesperson from 1996 to 2000.After NDA’s victory in the 1999 general elections, Venkaiah Naidu became the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural development in the government headed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was known for aggressively pushing for reforms in Rural development and for the many schemes introduced during the period such as the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.’

Following the thumping victory of the BJP in 2014 with a thumping majority, Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs.

From 2016 to till his nomination as the NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate, Venkaiah Naidu held a profile of Information and Broadcasting minister.Current Vice President Hamid Ansari’s term ends on August 10. He held the post for two consecutive terms.

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