By Our Political Affairs Bureau
NEW DELHI: Former BJP National President and former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected as new Vice-President of India replacing incumbent Md Hamid Ansari.
Naidu received 516 votes out of 760 valid votes, while opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi got the support of 244 parliamentarians.
The result even exceeded the BJP’s expectation as according to reports 19 opposition parties also voted in favour of Naidu.
After Ram Nath Kovind as Indian President, NDA nominee Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu (68) has been elected as India’s 15th Vice-president.
With today’s result, for the first time in India’s independent history, BJP leaders would occupy top four constitutional posts of the country.
All these posts would be rendered “Congress-mukt”. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan all come from BJP.