Former Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi had been picked by 18 opposition parties to be their nominee for the post of vice-president. The one who bags 50 per cent plus one vote of the total valid votes cast will win the poll.
The election for India's 15th Vice- President are being held today at the Parliament House in the capital with the Electoral College, that comprises of 790 members from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Naidu had also said that he wanted to retire after seeing Modi on the prime ministerial post in 2019.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has extended best wishes to the Vice President elect, Mr Venkaiah Naidu.
He has handled key organisational assignments in the BJP and became its President in 2002.
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While the NDA still is at a distance from gaining majority, the BJP, with 58 members, is now the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha. Cricketing legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar casts his vote.
His political activism, coupled with his oratory skills, paved his way to the Andhra Assembly from Udayagiri in Nellore district in 1978, and again in 1983. Naidu, who is also a member of Rajya Sabha, left his house around 9.30 a.m. and voted at around 10 a.m. She said the position of the Vice President has the crucial challenge of assuming a non partisan role in running the Rajya Sabha, which acts as a store house of wisdom and sage advice for the government.
In 1998, Naidu was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka and since then he continues to be a member of the Upper house being re-elected thrice (twice from Karnataka and once from Rajasthan). On Friday the ruling combines made last minute arrangements to muster maximum support along with PM Modi giving a pep talk to MPs, including those from parties outside the NDA, at a dinner hosted by him.
"I was nurtured by the party", Naidu said.
Along with the above mentioned qualities and qualifications of Naidu, the other two unique hallmarks of the veteran politician are, that he is a great host in the capital inviting his party and cabinet, ministerial colleagues and journalists for lavish lunches at his residence.