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I promise to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by my esteemed— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) August 5, 2017
"I will seek to utilise the vice presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and uphold the dignity of the Upper House," Naidu said after winning. I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support," said India's vice president-elect V Naidu.
"Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity," India's vice president-elect told PTI.
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Voting for the vice presidential election ended Saturday 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.
The counting will begin at 6 pm and the result would be out by 7.15 pm.
Two BJP leaders -- Sanwarlal Jat and Vijay Goel -- are hospitalised and could not vote, BJP leaders said. The NDA's M Venkaiah Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and actor Rekha, often criticised for their low attendance in the Rajya Sabha, on Saturday cast their votes in the vice-presidential poll.
The two nominated MPs of the Upper House were accompanied to the voting room by Congress' Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Shukla. Dressed in an elegant cream saree, Rekha arrived around 11.15 am and after casting her vote, she had a brief chat with Dimple Yadav, Lok Sabha MP and wife of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav.
NDA's nominee Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said he is now a "non-party man" and exuded confidence in getting support from Members of Parliament (MPs) casting their vote to elect the Vice-President of the country.
"There is no my party or your party. Now I am a non-party man. A majority of political parties in India are supporting my candidature. I am confident that they will all vote in the election," he told reporters.
Naidu said he is known to all his MPs in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
According to Mukul Pandey, the assistant returning officer of the vice presidential polls, 713 of 785 electors had voted by 1 pm, recording 90.83% voting. The queues started in the morning itself. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and M Venkaiah Naidu, the NDA's Vice Presidential nominee and a Rajya Sabha member, as well as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, a Lok Sabha member, were among the first to cast their ballot. The prime minister was standing in queue before the voting hall opened at 10 am. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, his party MPs Jyotiraditya Scindia, Deepender Singh Hooda and Sushmita Dev also voted to elect the next vice president.
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Venkaiah Naidu holds the numerical edge over opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in vice-presidential elections on Saturday.
NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu holds the numerical advantage over opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi. (Network18 Creatives)
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