Prime Minister Narendra Modi  congratulated Venkaiah Naidu on being elected as the Vice President and expressed confidence that he will serve the nation with dedication and diligence, committed to the goal of nation-building. The prime minister’s message came immediately after Naidu, the ruling NDA’s candidate, was declared winner in the vice presidential polls, bagging 516 votes out of total 771 votes cast. The opposition’s candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi could only manage 244 votes. ‘Congratulations to @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu on being elected India’s Vice President. My best wishes for a fruitful & motivating tenure,’ Modi tweeted.  ‘I am confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the goal of nation-building,’ the prime minister added. Talking about their association, Modi said, ‘My mind is filled with memories of working with @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu, in the party & government. Will cherish this aspect of our association.’ Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also extended best wishes to the Vice President-elect and extended her party’s support in further strengthening the Rajya Sabha for effective scrutiny of legislations and government policies. ‘The position of vice-president has the crucial challenge of assuming a non-partisan role in running ‘The House of Elders’ which acts as a storehouse of wisdom and sage advice for the government. The House of Elders is an important determinant of our democratic functioning to address appropriate checks and balances,’ she said in her message. By virtue of being vice-president, Naidu will also preside over the Rajya Sabha as its chairman. Taking to Twitter, Naidu thanked everyone and said, ‘With all humility, I express my gratitude to every MP who supported my candidature cutting across party lines.’ Naidu also said that he promises to uphold the Constitution and the high standards set by his esteemed predecessors. The : 6th. Aug,17


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