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Venkaiah Naidu to be sworn in as India’s 13th Vice President today

Former union minister M Venkaiah Naidu will take oath as the 13th Vice-President of India on Friday in New Delhi.

Naidu, 68, will be administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

He was elected to the post after he defeated Opposition vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the Vice-presidential polls which were held on August 8.

“I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support. I will seek to utilise the vice-presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House,” Naidu said after his victory.

As the Vice-President of India, Naidu will be holding the second highest constitutional office in the country.

Vice-presidential elections this year witnessed highest number of votes polled (771) for the post.

Bagging 67 per cent of the total votes polled, Naidu’s victory margin of 272 is also reported to be the highest in the last three decades.


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