Venkaiah Naidu Takes Oath As 13th Vice Prez Of India:- Former Union Minister and veteran BJP leader Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu took oath as the 13th Vice President of India today.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
President Ram Nath Kovind administered Naidu the oath of office and secrecy at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. Naidu will take over as the speaker of the Rajya Sabha in the Parliament, following the ceremonial reception.
Earlier on Friday, Naidu visited Rajghat to pay floral tributes to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. He later honoured Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, Dr BR Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhai.
Naidu won the vice presidential election with 516 votes last week after defeating Gopalkrishna Gandhi who was fielded by the Opposition. Gandhi secured 244 votes out of 760 valid votes.
On Thursday, Naidu said that Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other. He added that people tried to use minority issues for political purposes. Naidu’s statements comes in the wake of outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari. Ansari made a statement over unease among Muslims in the country yesterday.
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Naidu is the second Vice-president from Andhra Pradesh. He was born at Chavatapalem in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 1, 1949.
A political veteran, Venkaiah Naidu was serving as a Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation as well as the Information and Broadcasting Minister. He has also held the portfolio of a Union Minister for rural development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government between September 2000 and June 2002.
Naidu is also a fourth-term Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, being first elected in the Upper House in 1998. He was re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016. His extensive experience in the Rajya Sabha makes him a suitable pick for the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
His association with politics dates back to his student years in VR College where he completed his bachelor’s degree in politics and diplomatic studies. He was a swayamsevak for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and joined BJP’s youth wing ABVP in college.
Later when he acquired a degree in law from the Andhra University, he was made the President of the ABVP union of all colleges under Andhra University. He was also involved in the Jai Andhra Movement in 1972.
Naidu was put behind bars under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MIS) during the Emergency rule of Indira Gandhi from 1975-1977. When he was elected as an MLA in Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978, he stepped into mainstream politics.
After being the state president for BJP’s Andhra Pradesh unit from 1988 to 1993, he became the national general secretary of the party from 1993 to 2000.
Naidu is also a BJP national party president who was elected twice. He was elected the first time between July-December in 2002 and the second time between January-December in 2004. Naidu was also BJP’s national spokesperson from 1996 till 2000.
He was a member of BJP’s Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee since January 2006. From April 2005 to January 2006, he also served as a BJP Vice President.