Mr.M Venkaiah Naidu sworn in today as the 13th Vice President of India. The oath ceremony was held at the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan and the President of India, Mr. Ramnath Kovind, administered the oath of office. A former Union Minister and veteran BJP leader, Mr.Naidu defeated opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal Governor. Mr.M Venkaiah Naidu has taken over charge from Mr.Hamid Ansari. Mr. Naidu will also preside over as the chairman of Rajya Sabha.
Famous for his quick wit and one liners, Venkaiah Naidu was welcomed by the BJP leaders as well as the leaders of Opposition. In his first speech as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Mr. Naidu said that “I am an all-party man” and has “no support of dynasty.” He further added that “If you cooperate, I will operate better.”
Welcoming Mr. Naidu as the new Vice President of India, PM Narendra Modi said “people from a humble, rural background today occupy the highest positions in India and it shows maturity of Indian democracy and the strength of India’s Constitution.”
Born and brought up in an agricultural family of Nellore, Mr. Naidu has a career in politics of about four decades. He has handled many portfolios as Minister, been a member of the Rajya Sabha and also served as General Secretary of BJP and later as BJP President.