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Friday, 11 August 2017

All You Need to Know About the 13th Vice President of India: M. Venkaiah Naidu


M. Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the 13th Vice President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to 68-year-old Naidu at a grand ceremony.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader defeated opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, by more than 270 votes in the vice-presidential election held on 5 August. Naidu succeeds Hamid Ansari, who finished his decade-long tenure as the vice president and Rajya Sabha chairman.

About M. Venkaiah Naidu in Brief:
He was born on 1st July 1949 in Chavatapalem, a village in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. After graduating from V.R College, Nellore, obtained the law degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He married Smt. Usha. At the University, he was made the President of the ABVP union of all colleges under Andhra University.

He stepped into mainstream politics with election as an MLA in Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978. He was re-elected as the MLA in 1983 as well. Naidu is also a two-time BJP national party president, between July-December 2002 and the second time between January-December 2004. He also served as a BJP vice president from April 2005 to January 2006. Naidu is a four-time Rajya Sabha MP, first elected in the Upper House in 1998 from Karnataka.

Before nomination to vice-president post, Venkaiah Naidu was Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting Minister under the Narendra Modi government. Naidu is also the founder of Swarna Bharath Trust, a social service organization.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first Vice President of India (between 1952 to 1962).
  • Sh. M. Hamid Ansari and Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan were the two VPs who were there for the period of 10 years (two tenures).
Source- The Economic Times

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