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Naidu Takes Oath As Vice President

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office to Venkaiah Naidu as Vice-President during the swearing-in-ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo: IANS/RB) by .
President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office to Venkaiah Naidu as Vice-President during the swearing-in-ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan (Photo: IANS/RB)

M. Venkaiah Naidu sworn-in as the¬†new Vice President of India and will chair the Upper House of parliament as the¬†President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to him….reports Asian Lite News

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office to Venkaiah Naidu as Vice-President during the swearing-in-ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo: IANS/RB) by .
President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office to Venkaiah Naidu as Vice-President during the swearing-in-ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan (Photo: IANS/RB)

M. Venkaiah Naidu took oath as the new Vice President at a simple ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Durbar Hall here.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to the former Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Hindi.

Naidu, 68, who was hitherto part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, succeeded M. Hamid Ansari who served two consecutive terms since August 2007.

Nominated by the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Naidu won the August 5 poll defeating former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Naidu won 516 out of the 760 valid votes, winning the highest vote share in three decades in the vice presidential poll.

A two-time Union Minister and four-time Rajya Sabha member, Naidu earlier held the Parliamentary Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development portfolios.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were among those present on the occasion.

Earlier, Naidu paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. He also paid tributes to Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, besides Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar.