New Delhi: NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu was today elected as India’s next Vice-President.
Naidu received two-third votes. While he got against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. 516 votes out of the total 771 votes cast while Gandhi could only manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid and 14 MPs could not vote. One BJP Lok Sabha MP was barred from voting.
The strength of the electoral college comprising both elected and nominated MPs of the Rajya Sabha (RS) and the Lok Sabha (LS) is 790. There are two vacancies each in the LS and RS.
“Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity,” India’s vice president-elect told media.