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The prime minister's message came immediately after Naidu, the ruling NDA's candidate, was declared victor in the vice presidential polls, bagging 516 votes out of total 771 votes cast. "Parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in the election", said Naidu. Of the 771 votes polled, 11 votes were declared invalid.

NDA vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu has sought support from all parliamentarians, assuring them that he will uphold the spirit and principles of the Constitution and dignity of the office of the vice- president.

It was a foregone conclusion that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Venkaiah Naidu will be elected as the Vice-President. The Vice President is also the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. The party had to introduce a non-political figure. This stole the show for him as an ex-officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. The BJP is the single largest party in both the Houses of Parliament. Raja also extended his good wishes to Venkaiah Naidu. Naidu's wife along with various other party leaders were also present during the ceremony.

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu entered the RSS by accident - his links began in childhood when he chanced upon a "shakha" while playing. In 1974, Naidu joined the protest against the imposition of emergency and became the Andhra Pradesh convenor of Jayaprakash Narayan led Chhatra Sangarsh Samiti.

Earlier, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP President Amit Shah congratulated Naidu for his new post. Then in 1980, Naidu chose to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.

"It s an honour for me to become Vice President from a family of an ordinary farmer". The role of vice-president for the Modi government is crucial, as the BJP still lacks a majority in the Upper House and is expected to improve its tally towards the end of 2019. He has friends across political parties. The responsibility of the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha is very big.

He was also the BJP national president for two consecutive terms from July 2002 to October 2004. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1998.

As a young boy with dreams of making it big in politics one day, Naidu assisted the BJP, which was a young party back then by pasting posters of party bigwigs which include the likes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.

He fit the bill, hailing from the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

Venkaiah pursued law and was involved in the movement launched by Jayaprakash Narayan.

His skills made the most of him and he fought his first election to victory from Udayagiri constituency in the 1978 Andhra Pradesh assembly election.

He has served as BJP president twice besides holding important portfolios as Union Minister.His last Ministry was of Information and Broadcasting.


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