NEW DELHI: NDA’s candidate M Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the next Vice-President of India. He secured 516 votes out of a total of 785, while the opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi managed only 244, said election officer Shemsher K Sharif.
“I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support,” Naidu said after the results were announced.
Voting for the vice presidential election ended here this evening with 98.21 per cent of members of Parliament exercising their franchise.
Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey said at the closing of the voting process, 771 out of 785 MPs had cast their vote.
Two BJP leaders — Sanwarlal Jat and Vijay Goel — are hospitalized and could not vote, BJP leaders said. The NDA’s M Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
The strength of the electoral college comprising both elected and nominated MPs of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is 790. There are two vacancies each in the LS and RS. One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.