New Delhi, August 11: Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the 13th Vice President of India on Friday. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath at a special function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Venkaiah Naidu won the vice presidential election held on August 5 by defeating opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi with a margin of 272 votes. Even though he is the 15th elected Vice President, he is the 13th person to hold the second highest constitutional post.
At least 771 Members of Parliament cast their votes during the Vice Presidential election, where Naidu secured 516 votes against 244 got by his rival, the opposition candidate – retired IAS officer and former diplomat Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi.
The Vice President of India is also the Chairman or ex officio Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, one of the two houses of Indian Parliament. He also acts as President in the absence of the President due to death, resignation, impeachment, or other situations.
The oath taking ceremony was attended by Hamid Ansari, the out going Vice President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, , Union Ministers, Members of Parliament, besides Governors and Chief Ministers from various states.