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"Voting yet to take place, I am going to cast my vote", said Naidu. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity. The former member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological wing of the BJP, was urban development minister in Modi government. Naidu secured 516 votes out of 760 valid votes, while Gopal Krishna Gandhi got 244 votes. The results were announced at 7 pm.

Out of 771 votes polled, 11 were declared invalid.

While the outcome of the election between the two candidates was a foregone conclusion, with almost all major political parties backing Venkaiah Naidu.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi extended her wishes and party's support to the vice-president elect, who will also automatically be the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha once he assumes office.

The victor will be sworn-in to India's second-highest office soon after after incumbent VP Hamid Ansari's term ends on August 10. Ansari has done two terms.

The electoral college that votes for the vice-president, who is also the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha, has 543 elected and two nominated members of the Lok Sabha, besides the 233 elected members and 12 nominated members of the Rajya Sabha.

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).

The BJP has 281 members in the 545-member Lok Sabha.

He was also the BJP national president for two consecutive terms from July 2002 to October 2004.

Ahead of the Vice-Presidential elections on Saturday, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu said that he is not competing against an individual or party but is exclusively focused on the post of the Vice-President of India.

From an announcer in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's programme in 1963 to an MLA to a spokesperson, MP, party general secretary to BJP's national president, Naidu has held various position with high respect. "Will cherish this aspect of our association", PM Modi tweeted further.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi also congratulated Naidu and thanked all those who voted for him.

First reactions on Venkaiah Naidu's victory in vice presidential election.

"I was actually perplexed when a senior Congress leader asked me why I wanted to join this party from the North when don't allow members to eat non-veg food".



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