Chennai: Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami, DMK working president M K Stalin and political leaders greeted M Venkaiah Naidu on his election as the next Vice-Presidenet of India.
In his message on Saturday, the Governor said, “I am privileged to extend my heartiest congratulations and best wishes on being elected as Vice-President of India.”
“Hailing from an agricultural family, by sheer dint of hard work, perseverance, diligence and virtue of experience as a Parliamentarian you have reached this high position,’’ he said, according to a Raj Bhavan communique.
“Your sagacity and articulation skills will bring you many more honours in your new assignment,” Rao said. “I wish you all success in your distinguished service to the nation,” he added.
Chief Minister Palaniswami in an official release addressed to Venkaiah said, “I wish to convey my heartiest congratulations to you on your resounding victory in the election to the post of Vice-President of India.”
“I wish to convey to you my own felicitations and also those of the people of Tamilnadu for a historic tenure as Vice-President of India.”
DMK working president M K Stalin extended greetings to Venkaiah on behalf of the DMK and its chief M Karunanidhi. “With vast experience in Parliamentary procedures, I am quite confident that he will protect the plurality of our great nation,” Stalin tweeted.
Former Chief Minister and head of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Amma faction O Panneerselvam, Tamil Maanila Congress president G K Vasan, DMDK chief Vijayakant and Union Minister and senior BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan also greeted Venkaiah on his election as the Vice-President.
NDA nominee Venkaiah was elected as the next Vice-President of India on Saturday by securing over two-thirds of votes leaving opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi far behind.
Venkaiah got 516 votes out of total 771 votes cast while Gopalkrishna could only manage 244 votes. Of the total 771 votes polled, 11 were found to be invalid. Although 785 MPs are there in both the Houses of Parliament, 14 MPs could not vote.
“Coming from an agricultural background, I never imagined I would be here. Agriculture has no proper voice in Indian polity,” India’s Vice-President-elect told PTI.
“I am very humbled. I am also thankful to the Prime Minister and all party leaders for their support. I will seek to utilise the Vice Presidential institution to strengthen the hands of the president and secondly uphold the dignity of the Upper House,” he added.
Venkaiah will be the 13th person to hold the second highest Constitutional post.