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Venkaiah Naidu becomes 15th Vice President of India, PM Modi congratulates

 New Delhi, Aug 5: M Venkaiah Naidu defeated his rival Gopal Krishna Gandhi to be elected as the new vice president of the country on Saturday.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Venkaiah Naidu.


Naidu became the 15th Vice President of the country.


Congratulating Naidu, PM Modi tweeted: "Congratulations to @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure."


Naidu secured 516 votes out of the total 760 valid votes polled.


In a follow tweet, the PM said: "I am confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the the goal of nation building."


Opposition's candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi got 244 votes.


The returning officer briefed the media that 771 votes were polled in the VP poll out of which 11 were invalid.


While Naidu was backed by NDA, former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi was the Opposition's candidate.


Gandhi also congratulated the winning candidate.


Congress spokesperson Ghulam Navi Azad said: "It was an ideological fight. We never compromise with our ideology."


Gandhi, was nominated by the 18 opposition parties as their candidate for the V-P poll.


BJP veteran Naidu was the former Information and Broadcasting minister of the Modi government and also held various other portfolios.


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