Venkaiah Naidu takes oath as 13th vice President

Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as India's 13th Vice President

Earlier in the day, Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu was sworn-in as the 13th Vice President of India today, succeeding Hamid Ansari, in a glittering ceremony today.

Mr. Naidu was elected the 13th Vice-President of India on Saturday.

The swearing-in ceremony was held in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

Venkaiah Naidu had defeated former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition candidate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were among those present on the occasion. He also paid tributes to Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, besides Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Babasaheb BR Ambedkar. The elections saw the highest polling percentage at 98.12 per cent.

Naidu was born on born on July 1, 1949 at Chavatapelam, Andhra Pradesh. Naidu has served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the NDA Cabinet.

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