BJP candidate Venkaiah Naidu has become India's 13th vice president, defeating opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. He secured 516 votes while Gandhi got 244 votes.
By the time polling closed at 5pm, 771 of 785 votes (98.21%) had been cast.
Those who didn't vote included sick BJP leaders Vijay Goel and Sanwarlal Jat and two Kerala MPs whose flight got delayed.
Venkaiah Naidu has been sworn in as the Vice President of India. The oath of office was administered by President Ram Nath Kovind.
PM Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh and other leaders were present at the ceremony in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Earlier, Naidu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and BR Ambedkar.
Venkaiah Naidu served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the current cabinet.
He is known to be the man behind BJP-TDP alliance. He became BJP national president in 2002.
Naidu was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1998, 2004 and 2010.
He was also the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development in the Vajpayee government.
Vice-presidents are elected for a five-year term. However, they can be removed by the president before that, or they can resign.
One can be re-elected indefinitely.
In case of death of the president, the vice-president takes over as the acting head for a maximum of six months.
They draw a monthly salary of Rs. 1,25,000. There are no residential benefits, unlike the president.
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