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Venkaiah Naidu felicitated at his residence

06 August 2017, 01:34 | Myrtle Vega

Venkaiah Naidu felicitated at his residence

Venkaiah Naidu felicitated at his residence

Venkaiah Naidu, 68, secured 516 parliamentary votes to pip rival Gopalkrishna Gandhi - the 72-year-old grandson of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi - who received 244 votes, according to polling officials. 760 votes were valid while 11 were invalid.

Mr Naidu will replace incumbent Hamid Ansari, who is completing his second term in office on August 10.

BJP President Amit Shah: Heartiest congratulations to Shri Venkaiah Naidu ji on winning the Vice-Presidential poll. However, the BJP could be rewarding him for his loyalty towards the party and Modi.

The fight appears to be tilted towards NDA candidate Naidu, owing to the BJP's majority in the Lok Sabha. Naidu was a fire fighter for the Prime Minister, defending him on several issues. "But Venkaiah considers the loyalty to his party the leitmotif of his political career", Archis Mohan writes for Business Standard.

Naidu, a former president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, is known for his brilliant oratorial skills. I believe that the number that was voted was beyond the expect of all calculations. "I was expecting handsome performance by united vote of opposition parties and I'm more than satisfied", Gandhi said.

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NDA nominee Naidu was on Saturday elected the next Vice President of India, defeating opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi by a margin of 272 votes. "My best wishes for a fruitful and motivating tenure", PM Modi tweeted. The NDA MP appealed to the MPs that the way they will make a long streak in front of their names to vote for Naidu on Saturday, they will stand still with Naidu for the next five years.

Born in a farmer's family in Chavatapalem, Andra Pradesh in 1949, Naidu is a graduate in law. But he is popular not only within BJP's ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, but also among India's wide political spectrum. In 1973-74, he was president of the Students Union of Andhra University Colleges. He came in the spotlight for his prominent role in the Jai Andhra Movement in 1972. His oratory made way for him in Andhra's legislative assembly as he was elected MLC in 1978 and in 1983. Naidu has had the privilege of being elected to the Rajya Sabha three times from Karnataka.

Venkaiah was the BJP General Secretary in 1993-2000 and its spokesperson in between.

This remarkable career in politics has been more than four decades in the making.

Along with the above mentioned qualities and qualifications of Naidu, the other two unique hallmarks of the veteran politician are, that he is a great host in the capital inviting his party and cabinet, ministerial colleagues and journalists for lavish lunches at his residence. Talking to reporters, Gandhi said today's election saw two victories.

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