Highlights: Venkaiah Naidu wins vice presidential election with 516 votes, PM Modi leads in wishing new V-P

Venkaiah Naidu with 516 votes defeated Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who got 244 votes, to become India’s next vice president. 

india Updated: Aug 05, 2017 21:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Vice-President of India‬,‪Bharatiya Janata Party‬,‪Venkaiah Naidu‬
NDA vice president candidate M Venkaiah Naidu after casting his vote during the vice presidential Election, at Parliament House in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, August 5, 2017. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Parliamentarians voted on Saturday to elect Venkaiah Naidu as India’s 15th vice-president. Naidu defeated Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

While Naidu received 516 votes, Gandhi got 244 votes, said election officer Shemsher K Sharif.

The term of the incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, will end on August 10.

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The vice-presidential election is conducted through a secret ballot where the members of Electoral College -- consisting of Parliamentarians -- vote. The MPs will use special pens for marking their choice. Votes that are marked with any other pen are liable to be rejected. The ballot paper shall contain the names of the contesting candidates, but does not contain any election symbol.

Highlights

9.22pm: Sushma, Venkaiah Naidu’s granddaughter, says: “We are feeling very happy and proud of him.”

8.53pm: Naidu says he’s overwhelmed as the “honour has been conferred on a common man like me with a background of agriculture.”

8.50pm: Venkaiah Naidu addresses media after being elected as the vice president, says: “As chairman of Rajya Sabha I will uphold dignity and decorum of the house with cooperation of all members.”

8.45pm: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulates M Venkaiah Naidu on being elected as the next vice president. “Your election will enhance the dignity of this high office,” Kejriwal tweets.

8.19pm: PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah felicitate vice president-elect Venkaiah Naidu on winning election.

8.05pm: Vice president-elect Venkaiah Naidu tweets: It’s an honour for me to become Vice President from a family of an ordinary farmer. This speaks for the beauty & strength of our democracy

8.03pm: Former president of India Pranab Mukherjee tweets congratulatory message to Naidu. “Many congratulations @MVenkaiahNaidu on your election as India’s Vice President. Goodluck & Godbless,” he tweeted.

7.50pm: Vice president-elect Venkaiah Naidu with his wife Usha at their residence in Delhi after winning the elections.

7.45pm: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik congratulates vice president-elect Venkaiah Naidu. “My best wishes for success in your new responsibilities,” he tweets.

7.44pm: Venkaiah Naidu tweets after winning the vice presidential election. “I promise to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed predecessors.”

7.41pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi says: “House of Elders is an important determinant of our democratic functioning to address appropriate checks and balances.”

7.40pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi extends best wishes to Naidu, says the position of the vice-president has the crucial challenge of assuming a non-partisan role in running ‘The House of Elders’.

7.35pm: Celebrations begin vice president-elect Venkaiah Naidu’s native village Chavatapalem in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district.

7.32pm: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweets: “Heartiest Congratulations to M Venkaiah Naidu Garu on being elected as the Vice President of India. My best wishes for a historic tenure.”

7.30pm: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee congratulate Naidu on being elected as the vice president of India.

7.26pm: “I will seek to utilise vice-presidential institution to strengthen hands of president & uphold dignity of the Upper House,” PTI quotes Naidu as saying.

7.25pm: Vice president-elect Venkaiah Naidu says he is very humbled, thanks Prime Minister and all the party leaders for their support.

7.16pm: PM Modi says he is confident “Naidu will serve the nation as a diligent and dedicated vice president, committed to the goal of nation building”.

7.15pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Venkaiah Naidu on becoming the vice president of India.

7.13pm: Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad said opposition will never compromise on ideology whether we face defeat or victory. “Thank all those who voted against NDA,” he said.

7.12pm: “The election saw 2 victories -- one of Naidu, another of free speech; the second victory belongs to all people of India,” Gandhi said.

7.11pm: Gopalkrishna Gandhi thanked “those who voted for me;was expecting handsome performance by united vote of opposition parties and I’m more than satisfied”.

7.10pm: Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi congratulates Venkaiah Naidu on winning the vice presidential election.

7.06pm: UPA’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got 244 votes.

7.05pm: NDA’s candidate Venkaiah Naidu got 516 votes.

7pm: 760 votes were valid and 11 were invalid.

6.10pm: 14 MPs didn’t vote, and one MP — Chhedi Paswan — was not allowed to vote, according to sources.

Top sources told HT that two BJP MPs — Vijay Goel and Sanwarlal Jat — didn’t vote while 12 Opposition MPs, including Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, didn’t vote.

Other who didn’t vote include Anu Agha (nominated), two IUML MPs, two other Trinamool MPs, Mausam Noor and Rani Narah (both Congress), NCP’s Udit Raj Bhosle, PMKs Anbumani Ramdoss and Lok Sabha’s independent MP Nabakumar Sarnya.

6pm: Counting for vice presidential election begins. Results are expected to be declared by 7pm.

5.15pm: Counting for vice presidential election will begin at 6pm, PTI quotes assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey as saying.

5.05pm: Total 771 out of 785 votes polled, 98.21% poll percentage recorded in the vice presidential election.

5.03pm: Voting for vice presidential election ends.

3:20pm: 761 out of 785 votes polled till 3pm, according to new figures.

1:45pm: 90.83% votes recorded till 1pm in vice presidential election: PTI quotes assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey as saying. “Earlier in the morning, the first hour recorded a sizeable turnout of MPs waiting to cast their vote,” Pandey said.

1:40pm: 713 votes polled till now, reports news agency ANI.

The total strength of the two Houses is 790, but there are two vacancies in the Lok Sabha and some in the Rajya Sabha. A BJP MP in Lok Sabha is barred from casting his vote following a judicial pronouncement.

1:10pm: Bollywood actors Hema Malini (BJP) and Rekha, Lok Sabha MP join the string of MPs voting.

Everybody loves him a lot, he is most capable, he knows entire Parliament, the whole politics, Malini says about Venkaiah Naidu.

1pm: The picture will be clear by this evening: Home minister Rajnath Singh. The poll results are expected to finalised by 7pm today, Election Commission officials had said earlier.

12:45pm: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar reach Parliament to vote. Not only here but whenever voting takes place, every citizen should vote, Tendulkar says.

Earlier this week, Tendulkar, known for ‘poor’ attendance, was trolled on social media websites after he sat through a session of the Rajya Sabha.

Sachin Tendulkar was nominated in 2012 by the UPA government in one of the 12 seats allocated for person “having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service.”

The poor attendance record of known personalities nominated to Parliament has courted controversy and earned flak from MPs.

12:05pm: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh of the Congress party and ex-deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani, a BJP veteran leader, arrive at Parliament too.

12pm: Union minister Nitin Gadkari, boxer Mary Kom add to the list of parliamentarians who’ve voted in the vice-presidential election.

11:50am: Congress party president Sonia Gandhi casts her vote at Parliament.

Sonia Gandhi greets Congress nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

11:45am: Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and party MPs Jyotiraditya Scindia, Deepender Singh Hooda, Sushmita Dev cast their votes to elect the next chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

11:05am: “I think we will miss him (Venkaiah Naidu) in one place but you will see him in action in another place,” Goa chief minister ManoharParrikar tells ANI while voting.

11am: The Prime Minister also stood in a queue before the voting hall was opened at 10am, reports PTI.

10:55am: There are three queues for voting at Parliament -- one each for Lok Sabha MPs, Rajya Sabha MPs and women MPs.

HT was told that Lok Sabha parliamentarians are being asked to wait for nearly 1 hour because NDA MPs h ave been told by the party to cast their votes in the first half.

10:40am: Union minister Prakash Javadekar tells media he is sure of Naidu’s victory. “I am sure of the victory. I hope that all members will vote. All NDA partners and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have described Venkaiah as unique personality. He will do justice for the post that he would hold from today.”

10:20am: Venkaiah Naidu, PM Modi cast their votes.

10:15am: Voting to elect India’s next vice-president begins in Parliament: TV reports

10:10am: NDA’s candidate (Naidu) is an experienced person, there’s no competition as such between us,only technically there is, says Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

“It is a fight based on constitutional principles, where I maintained complete civility and the same has been done from other side too. Can’t call it one-sided as there were two candidates, Meira ji got a lot of votes but only one emerges as winner.” 

Meira Kumar was the Opposition’s candidate for presidential election held last month. She lost out to BJP’s Ram Nath Kovind.

10am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Parliament, reports DD news.

9:50am: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh stand in queue for casting their vote ahead of the vice presidential election at Parliament.

Venkaiah Naidu arrives ahead of voting at Parliament. He is tipped to be the winner and a victory would mean Naidu will be the second leader from the BJP background, after Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, to assume the country’s second-highest office.

Days before Ram Nath Kovind, the first President with BJP legacy, entered Rashtrapati Bhavan.

9:30am: I am not contesting against anybody -- individual or party -- I’m contesting for vice-president of India. I am known to all members of Parliament and they are known to me,that’s why I’m not even campaigning... I have written a polite letter to everybody and the response is very good.Confident that they all will support me, ruling BJP’s candidate Venkaiah Naidu tells ANI.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 09:20 IST