The candidate of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Venkaiah Naidu, will be India's next Vice President as results were declared of the election in which Members of Parliament cast their votes on Saturday. Out of the 771 votes cast, Naidu received 516 votes. The opposition candidate was former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who got 244 votes.
Out of the 771 votes which were cast in the Vice-Presidential Election, 760 were valid and 11 were invalid. The quota to get a candidate elected was 381.
The counting process began at 6 pm and the result was declared by 7 pm . The total poll percentage was 98.21 with 771 out of 785 MPs casting their votes today. However, it has been revealed that 14 Members of Parliament (MPs) were not present during the voting process.
Two from BJP, two from Congress, two from Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), four from TMC, one from NCP, one from Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and two Independent.
Naidu will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
While Naidu had the support of the NDA parties along with AIADMK, TRS and YSRCP, Gandhi got the votes of MPs belonging to the Congress, RJD, JD(U), NCP, Left and other smaller parties.
Responding to the poll outcome, Gopal Gandhi said: “Thanks those who voted for me; was expecting handsome performance by united vote of opposition parties and I’m more than satisfied.”
“NDA's pick is a very experienced person. My contest is not with him, though it's on technical grounds. This election is not between 2 parties or individuals,” the opposition Gopalkrishna Gandhi said.
The term of incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on 10 August.
The Vice-President is selected through a secret ballot by the members of the Electoral College consisting of the members of both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.
The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Electoral College and, therefore, are entitled to participate in the election.
Members of Parliament had to use special pens for marking their choice. Votes marked with any other pen are liable to be rejected. The ballot paper contained the names of the contesting candidates, but did not contain any election symbol.