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Venkaiah Naidu elected as Vice President, says now I am a non-party man

Venkaiah Naidu with his wife Usha and daughter Deepa Venkat after he was declared elected on Saturday evening. (Source: Express Photo/Renuka Puri)

Venkaiah Naidu with his wife Usha and daughter Deepa Venkat after he was declared elected on Saturday evening. (Source: Express Photo/Renuka Puri)

SENIOR BJP leader and former Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected the 15th Vice-President of India. His election comes a day after the BJP became the single-largest party in the Rajya Sabha, over which he will now preside as its ex-officio chairperson. “I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support. I will seek to utilise the vice-presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House,” Naidu said after his emphatic victory.

Naidu, 68, will be administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 11. Naidu replaces Hamid Ansari, who retires on August 10. Within seconds of the election results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, wishing Naidu a “fruitful and motivating tenure” and saying he was confident Naidu would “serve the nation as a diligent and dedicated vice-president, committed to the goal of nation building”. Later, both Modi and BJP president Amit Shah visited Naidu at his residence to congratulate him.

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Credit: indianexpress.com

 

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