Veteran BJP leader Venkiaha Naidu was elected as the Vice President of India on Saturday by the Members of Parliament. Naidu received 516 out of electoral college of 785 votes, while his opponent Gopal Krishna Gandhi got 244 votes, 14 MPs abstained from voting.
Here are the live updates:
#8:50 PM Venkaiah Naidu elected as next Vice President of India: 'Humbled by honor bestowed on me'
-Humbled by honor bestowed on me: Naidu
-As chairman of Rajya Sabha I will uphold dignity and decorum of the house with cooperation of all members: Naidu
-Particulary over whelmed as the honor has been conferred on a common man like me with a background of agriculture: Naidu
#8:00 PM: Honor for me to become VP from a family of an ordinary farmer.This speaks for the beauty & strength of our democracy, tweets Venkaiah Naidu
#8:00 PM: Congratulate Shri #VenkaiahNaidu on his election as VP of India. I wish him success in future endeavors, tweets HM Rajnath Singh
#8:00 PM: Great symbol of cross party acceptance of leadership & wisdom. Future of Rajya Sabha is safe in his (V Naidu) hands: Union Min Piyush Goyal
With all humility, I express my gratitude to every MP who supported my candidature cutting across party lines.— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) August 5, 2017
I promise to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) August 5, 2017
#7:45 PM: Venkaiah Naidu to go to Bengaluru tomorrow, then to Tirupati for darshan. Swearing-In as VP in August 10th: Sources
#7:45 PM: Congratulate Venkaiah Naidu ji on being elected VP of India. My best wishes for success in your new responsibilities, tweets Odisha CM
#7:44 PM: Congratulate V.Naidu Ji, our next VP; wish him well. In tradition of democracy, GK Gandhi Ji fought with dignity for certain ideals: WB CM
#7:20 PM: Congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure, tweets PM
#7:20 PM: I am confident Venkaiah Naidu will serve nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building: PM
#7:20 PM: Thank those who voted for me;was expecting handsome performance by united vote of opposition parties & I'm more than satisfied: GK Gandhi
Opposition will never compromise on ideology whether we face defeat or victory. Thank all those who voted against NDA: GN Azad, Congress pic.twitter.com/ucCN3ZvLjC— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2017
#7:10 PM: NDA's Venkaiah Naidu is India's new Vice-President, wins with over 500 votes; Gandhi gets 240+ votes
#6:10 PM: Vice Presidential elections: Vote counting begins, NDA's Venkaiah Naidu poised to win
#6:00 PM:14 MPs absent from voting; 2 from BJP, 2 from INC, 2 from IUML, 4 from TMC, 1 from NCP; 1 from PMK & 2 Independent
#5:20 PM: Counting for Vice Presidential Election to begin at 6 pm.
#5:00 PM: Voting for Vice Presidential Election ends. Total 771 out of 785 votes polled, 98.21% poll percentage recorded.
#761 out of 785 votes polled till 3 PM
# 713 votes polled till now. the results will be out by today evening.
# The picture will be clear by this evening, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said after casting his vote.
# Not only here but whenever voting takes place, every citizen should vote: Sachin Tendulkar, RS MP
# Delhi: Voting underway for Vice Presidential Election in Parliament; Congress president Sonia Gandhi cast her vote.
# I think we will miss him (Venkaiah Naidu) in one place, but you will see more in action in another place: Goa CM & RS MP Manohar Parrikar
# Voting underway for Vice Presidential Election in Parliament; MPs cast their vote.
# Voting underway for Vice Presidential Election in Parliament, PM Narendra Modi cast his vote.
# Can't call it 1 sided as there were 2 candidates, Meiraji got a lot of votes but only one emerges as winner: Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Pres polls
Can't call it 1 sided as there were 2 candidates,Meiraji got a lot of votes but only one emerges as winner:Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Pres polls pic.twitter.com/xLHN0X9PBl— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2017
# It is a fight based on constitutional principles, where I maintained complete civility & same has been done from another side too: G Gandhi
# NDA's candidate is an experienced person, no competition as such between us, only technically there is: Opposition VP candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi
# MPs have started arriving to cast their votes in Parliament.
# NDA’s candidate M Venkaiah Naidu reached Parliament to cast his vote.
# Voting to elect India’s next vice-president begins in Parliament: TV reports
# I am not contesting against anybody, individual or party; I'm contesting for Vice President of India: Venkaiah Naidu
# Delhi: NDA's Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu reached Parliament to cast vote
# I am a non-party man. Majority of parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in election: Venkaiah
I have written a polite letter to everybody, response is very good.Confident that they all will support me:NDA's VP candidate Venkaiah Naidu pic.twitter.com/2Iwjt8AftO— ANI (@ANI_news) August 5, 2017
# Voting yet to take place, I am going to cast my vote: Venkaiah Naidu, NDA's Vice Presidential candidate