Venkaiah Naidu elected Vice President

The counting of votes will commence after polling and the results will be declared by 7 pm, Election Commission officials said.

The ruling NDA candidate and former Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected as the next Vice-President of India by securing over two-thirds of 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.

"I am privileged to extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes on being elected as Vice-President of India", Governor Rao said in a Raj Bhavan release. "Particulary over whelmed as the honor has been conferred on a common man like me with a background of agriculture", Venkaiah Naidu said. Cricketing legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote. "I have written a polite letter to everyone and the response has been very good". Despite government's efforts, even after approaching the MPs of the opposition parties, our numbers have gone up compared to the President's election.

The next Vice-President of India will be elected by the Electoral College that consists of 790 members, including 233 elected and 12 nominated members of the Rajya Sabha and 543 elected and 2 nominated members of the Lok Sabha.

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Mr Naidu has served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and Information and Broadcasting in the Narendra Modi Cabinet.

The Congress president Sonia Gandhi - of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, not related to Mahatma Gandhi - in a statement hoped that Naidu, from nationalist BJP, will play a "non-partisan role" as vice president.

Siddaramaiah, Karnataka CM: Congratulations to Sri Venkaiah Naidu Ji for being elected as the country's 13th Vice President.

The National Democratic Alliance's M. Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The Election Commission had stated that out of the 785 MPs who were entitled to vote, as many as 771 had cast their votes. During NDA-1 government, BJP lacked the number to install a candidate for the Presidential post. Not only has Naidu served as the BJP President, he has also been a long-serving Rajya Sabha member and has also held various portfolios as a minister in the Parliament. "Parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in the election", said Naidu. The term of incumbent Hamid Ansari will come to an end on August 10.

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