BJP seals deputy post

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

M VENKAJAH Naidu, a for­mer fed­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter, was elected as In­dia’s vice-pres­i­dent, giv­ing the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) con­trol of the South Asian na­tion’s two high­est con­sti­tu­tional posts.

Naidu, 68, de­feated the main op­po­si­tion group’s nom­i­nee Gopalkr­ishna Gandhi, a for­mer gov­er­nor of West Ben­gal, by 272 votes in a poll on Satur­day in New Delhi, said Shumsher K Sher­iff, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the up­per house of par­lia­ment and re­turn­ing of­fi­cer of the poll. The group’s Ram Nath Kovind was elected pres­i­dent last month.

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