Naidu sworn in as new Vice President

Naidu sworn in as new Vice President”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed M. Venkaiah Naidu as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, saying the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana was brought in by him.

Naidu was administered the oath of office by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan (presidential palace) at the heart of the national capital, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi, among others. After that he will garland Sardar Patel Statue at 9:30 AM and at 10:00 AM he will reach Rashtrapati Bhavan, where his swearing-in ceremony will take place in Darbar Hall.

Earlier on Friday, Naidu visited Rajghat to pay floral tributes to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. "Venkaiahji knows the working of the Rajya Sabha very well, being in the House for so long, he has seen how the House works", Modi said. Gandhi secured 244 votes out of 760 valid votes. He was born at Chavatapalem in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh on July 1, 1949.

"Being an Urban Development Minister in my government, he used to take more interest in the works of the rural and agriculture ministries".

Venkaiah Naidu takes oath as 13th Vice President of India

Naidu was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and was re-elected twice in 2004 and 2010 from Karnataka. He was a swayamsevak in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1973 during his college days.

After completing his graduation from Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, Naidu had joined politics with his active participation in "Jai Andhra Movement" of 1972.

Naidu was put behind bars under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MIS) during the Emergency rule of Indira Gandhi from 1975-1977. He was leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Andhra Pradesh, state general secretary and state unit chief. When he was elected as an MLA in Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978, he stepped into mainstream politics. From April 2005 to January 2006, he also served as a BJP Vice President.

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