BJP leader elected India’s Vice President
New Delhi, India - India's lawmakers on Saturday elected a veteran leader from the ruling rightwing party as the country’s next Vice President, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political standing.
Venkaiah Naidu (68) secured 516 parliamentary votes to pip rival Gopalkrishna Gandhi - the 72 year old grandson of India’s independence leader Mahatma Gandhi - who received 244 votes, according to polling officials.
Naidu, considered close to Modi, held the post of a federal minister before being nomi- nated as the candidate for the post. The Vice President presides over the upper house of parliament and can take temporary charge of the largely ceremonial presidency in the event that the incumbent dies, resigns or is impeached.