Parliament House ready for Election of Vice President of India

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.

Almost 98.21 per cent of the members of Parliament exercised their franchise till evening in the Vice-Presidential poll here today. The BJP has 58 members in the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the Congress has 57, making the BJP the single-largest party. This is the 15th Vice President Election of India.

Overwhelmed as the "honour has been conferred on a common man like me with a background of agriculture", Naidu said.

"I have written a polite letter to everybody, the response is 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.

According to BJP officials, apart from the NDA's 81 Rajya Sabha members and 338 Lok Sabha members, members of both Houses of the AIADMK (50), YSR Congress (10) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (14) will also vote in favour of Naidu.

The former BJP leader said he was "particularly grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and leaders of several other parties for considering me for this important responsibility".

"As chairman of Rajya Sabha I will uphold dignity and decorum of the house with the cooperation of all members", the vice-president elect said shortly after his win.

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The National Democratic Alliance's M. Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

The winning candidate will succeed the present Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who had already held the post for two consecutive terms.

Sheriff will serve as Returning officer while counting in the Vice President Election 2017 Results Votes. A two-term member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Naidu was never a member of the Lok Sabha.

Speaking to the media, Gandhi thanks all the opposition party MPs who voted for him. During NDA-1 government, BJP lacked the number to install a candidate for the Presidential post.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Opposition's VP nominee: I congratulate Venkaiah Naidu on his victory, wish him all the best for his new office.

Venkaiah Naidu is a veteran politician and has friends in most major political parties-perhaps, that's why he was chosen to contest the elections.

Mr Naidu secured 516 votes against the pledged support of around 495.

  • Adam Floyd