BJP leader elected In­dia’s Vice Pres­i­dent

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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