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Winning the Vice Presidential elections by a massive majority, former Minister of Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu has been sworn-in as the 13th Vice President of India on Friday in a ceremony that took place at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu defeated the Opposition candidate, former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi, in the elections conducted last week by a margin of 272 votes by securing 516 votes compared to 244 votes secured by Gandhi. As Naidu won with 64.9 percent of the votes, it marked the highest vote share in 30 years.
Joining BJP in 1980, Naidu rose in ranks and became the General Secretary of the Party in Andhra Pradesh in 1985. Then in 1988, he was appointed as the state president of the party.
By the 2000's, Naidu had become a prominent personality in the Bharatiya Janata Party. It was his tactical mind and national image that got him the National President position of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2002. He served as the Party President for 2 years.
After Narendra Modi took the reins of the Party in New Delhi, Venkaiah Naidu was moved to the cabinet for his brilliance. He has been in the Modi cabinet through all the shuffles and drops outs, since 2014, Naidu has served in three different Ministries.
A key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet, Naidu has served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi government while he has also served as the Union Minister for Rural Development in Atal Bihar Vajpayee government.
Naidu quit from his role as a senior cabinet minister in the NDA government after being named vice presidential candidate.
Outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari in an interview commented on there being a feeling of insecurity among the Muslims in the country and a threat to the atmosphere of acceptance. Naidu termed Ansari's parting comments as 'political propaganda'.