Former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on 11 August, 2017 became 13th vice president of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered oath of office to him at a special function which was organized specially for Naidu’s oath Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. From now, he will hold the position of Vice President of India for the next five years. He became Vice President after longest served vice president Hamid Ansari. The second term was completed this month.
Mr. Venkaiah Naidu secured 516 votes and defeated candidate of opposition Gopal Krishan Gandhi by a margin of 272 votes. With this win, BJP now has all their favourite leaders at the top three senior positions of the country which are President, Vice President and Prime Minister of India.
By taking the charge he became Ex-officio Chairman of Rajaya Sabha as per the rules. It was the last day of the parliament session, so the session of parliament was ended with Venkaiah Naidu’s leadership.
M Venkaiah Naidu was born at Chavatapalem situated in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district on July 1, 1949. He is a law graduate with specialisation in international law from Andhra University at Vishakhapatnam. He was very much influenced by RSS and joined RSS as swayamsevak and BJP supported organization ABVP when he was in his college days. He came to spotlight first when famous Jai Andhra movement in 1972 happened. He also majorly contributed in Jayaprakash Narayan Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti.
Naidu’s Political Career:
Venkaiah Naidu was national president of BJP during 2002-2004.
He was Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development when Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime minister of India.
Before being elected as Vice president of India, M Venkaiah Naidu was holding important departments in Union Cabinet. He was minister of Urban housing and development, Parliamentary affairs and information and Broadcasting.