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Venkaiah Naidu will serve nation as diligent & dedicated Vice President: PM Modi

| Updated: Aug 06, 2017 01:04 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug. 5 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated Venkaiah Naidu on being elected as the next Vice President of India, expressing confidence that the former union minister will remain committed to the the goal of nation building.In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister recalled his memories of working with Naidu in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Centre, adding that he will cherish this aspect of their association.“Congratulations to @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure. I am confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building,” the Prime Minister said.Meanwhile, wishes and greetings have begun pouring in, as the nation including politicos are congratulating Naidu for his victory. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee and former union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the 13th Vice President of India with 516 votes. Whereas, Opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi has secured 244 votes.760 votes were valid while 11 were invalid.381 votes was the quota set to win the polls.Total 771 out of 785 MPs cast their votes today.However, it was revealed that 14 Members of Parliament (MPs) were not present during the voting process.Voting for Vice Presidential Election ended with a total poll percentage of 98.21%.The term of incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on August 10.The voting began at 10 a.m. earlier in the day.The Vice-President is selected through a secret ballot by the members of the Electoral College consisting of the members of both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. (ANI)