11-08-2017 06:25 PM | Anita Neve | My Indian Dream
India's 13th Vice President Venkaiah Naidu takes Oath today...
India's 13th Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu takes oath today in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Vice President Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP veteran L K Advani, several Union ministers, governors, chief ministers and political leaders attended the ceremony. After the ceremony, President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, former Vice President Ansari, Vice President Naidu and Advani were seen seated together.
On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Mr. Venkaiah Naidu is the first Vice President to be born in Independent India. He is the only VP according to me who has been for years in this (Parliament) complex, among all these people. He is acquainted with all nitty-gritty of all procedures and functions of the House." He also added Mr. Naidu is a farmer's son and with great interest works more for villages and farmers. He had risen from the grassroots and would lead India to greater heights. This actually indicates that people from a humble background can now occupy the highest positions.
Mr. Naidu won the Vice Presidential election, securing 67.9 per cent vote share. He defeated former West Bengal Governor Gopal Gandhi who was fielded by a joint opposition.
Mr. Naidu, 68, born in a humble agricultural family in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district served as BJP president and also a long time Rajya Sabha member.
He walked in his traditional white panache(lungi) and white shirt accompanied by his wife M Usha into the Rajya Sabha today.
Mr. Naidu said, "India stands for: Integrated National Development Impacting All Indians, equally well. This is the mission for India."
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