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It’s official! M Venkaiah Naidu, the candidate of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, is India's next Vice President. Naidu won impressively by 516 votes in his favour. His opponent Gopalkrishna Gandhi got just 244 votes.
Of the 771 votes polled, 11 votes were declared invalid.
"As M. Venkaiah Naidu secured greater than the requisite quota of votes, I declare him as duly elected to the office of the Vice President of India," Secretary General of Rajya Sabha and Returning Officer, Shumsher K. Sheriff, told reporters.
Naidu will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
Voting for the vice presidential election ended with a total poll percentage of 98.21%. Total 771 out of 785 MPs cast their votes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to cast their votes in Parliament.
The term of incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on August 10.
For the first time in history, BJP leaders would occupy top four constitutional posts of the country. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, PM Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan come from BJP.
It was easy for the NDA, which has a majority in the Lok Sabha, to place its candidate as the next vice president. The opposition had fielded former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi against Naidu.