Will take everybody along: Venkaiah Naidu

Will take everybody along: Venkaiah Naidu

Will take everybody along: Venkaiah Naidu

The voting started at 10 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m.

The 68-year-old leader will be beginning a second innings of his public life after four decades in active politics which he joined in his college days as member of Akhil Bharati Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the BJP.

Venkaiah hit the national scene when he was one of the prominent opposition spokespersons along with S Jaipal Reddy, who was then in Janata Party, during the campaign by NT Rama Rao after his dismissal as the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister by Indira Gandhi in the 1980s. Since the Rajya Sabha is never fully dissolved and its meeting can be convened on any matter even when the Lok Sabha is not in session, the government now gets an advantage to influence things, thanks to its boost in the Upper House.

Nominated Rajya Sabha member and actress Rekha also voted. The Lok Sabha now has 544 members and the Rajya Sabha 244. BJP member in the Lok Sabha Chhedi Paswan is barred from casting vote following a judicial pronouncement. In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP is now the single largest party with 58 members, overtaking the Congress which has 57.

With around support of 516 members, Naidu crossed the magic figure of 394.

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Former Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi had been picked by 18 opposition parties to be their nominee for the post of vice-president. I promise to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed predecessors.

Prime Minister Modi also went back to the times they worked together saying his mind is filled with memories of time he worked with Venkaiah Naidu.

There are talks that it was Modi's strategy to send Venkaiah Naidu to Vice-president role though he was not much interested. "Will cherish this aspect of our association", Modi added. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure'. As Rural Development Minister, Naidu was launched the popular "Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana".

As the first Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Modi government, Naidu had defended the prime minister and the government whenever the opposition targeted them in both the houses of Parliament.

Naidu's victory in the vote by both houses was a foregone conclusion because of the BJP's commanding majority in the 545-member lower house, which more than makes up for its weakness in the upper house.

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