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Highlights: Feel proud that I’m an agriculturalist, says vice president Venkaiah Naidu

Former Union minister Venkaiah Naidu takes oath as the 13th Vice President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2017 13:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Venkaiah Naidu outside the Parliament House after taking oath as the vice president of India.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Former Union minister Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the thirteenth vice president of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday morning.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to 68-year-old Naidu at a grand ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet members, among others.

Soon after being elected to the post, Naidu said that he – as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha – would sincerely try to steer the functioning of the house without “fear or favour”, and uphold its dignity and decorum with the cooperation of all its members.

Here are the highlights:

1.06pm: We must discuss and then debate till there’s a way out, says Naidu.

1.03pm: Adversarial politics should not be allowed to make adverse impact on India, says Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

1.02pm: We must all come together, work together and make India strive together, says Naidu.

12.59pm: I’m above party, an all-party man, will be above politics, says Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

12.58pm: Naidu says: “I am grateful to all those concerned who have reposed faith in me”.

12.57pm: Feel proud that I’m an agriculturalist , says vice president Venkaiah Naidu.

12.56pm: It’s true that the opposition is concerned it must have a say. They must be heard. But a balance should be maintained, says Arun Jaitely.

12.52pm: You have grown from a grassroots worker to the vice president, says Leader of the House Arun Jaitely in the Rajya Sabha.

12.48pm: We hope vice president Venkaiah Naidu will see both the opposition and government as two wheels of democracy, says Anand Sharma of the Congress.

12.25pm: TR Keshava Rao, a TRS MP, says the new chairman should give importance to the last benchers.

12.20pm: The opposition must have its say, but the treasury bench must have its way, says Ravi Shankar Prasad while welcoming Venkaiah Naidu in the Rajya Sabha.

11.34am: Derek O’Brien of the TMC describes Naidu in acronym -- N: Now, A: All, I: India, D: Dearest, U: Umpire.

11.23am: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad says he hopes the new vice president will continue the tradition of Rajya Sabha that no bill is passed amid din.

11.15am: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad welcomes Venkaiah Naidu, says a man from a poor family has made it to the vice president post. “I salute the Constitution of India,” he says.

11.07am: Venkaiah ji knows the working of Rajya Sabha very well, being in the house for so long, says Prime Minister Modi in the House.

Venkaiah Naidu is the son of a farmer. He was the urban minister but talked about farmer issues with equal vigour, says PM Modi.

Venkaiah Naidu has risen from grassroots, will lead Indian polity to greater heights, says PM Modi in RS

11.02am: Venkaiah Naidu is the only vice president to have born in Independent India.

11.01am: In the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes the new chairman to the House.

10.58am: Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurein tells Rajya Sabha TV the new vice president has a vast experience as a parliamentarian that will help him run House smoothly.

10.53am: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu congratulates Venkaiah Naidu on taking oath as the vice president of India.

10.45am: Senior leaders from Rajya Sabha welcome vice president Venkaiah Naidu in the Parliament.

10.39am: Vice president Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to Bhim Rao Ambedkar in the Parliament.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan greets Venkaiah Naidu on being sworn in as vice president.

10.09am: President Ram Nath Kovind administers oath of office to vice president Venkaiah Naidu.He will also take charge as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha this afternoon.

10.04am: President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Durbar Hall. This will also be the first major function for the new President Ram Nath Kovind.

Hamid Ansari, whose term as vice president ended on Thursday, greets Union ministers at the Durbar Hall, where Naidu will take oath.

9.56am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Durbar Hall for the swearing-in ceremony of Venkaiah Naidu as the vice president of India.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, other BJP leaders are also present at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

9.50am: Venkaiah Naidu reaches Rashtrapati Bhawan to take oath as the vice president.

M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Patel Chowk before taking oath as the Vice President of India.

9.03am: Vice president-elect M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to Deen Dayal Upadhaya at DDU Park.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 09:53 IST