The opposition has already declared former diplomat and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu is NDAs vice presidential candidatePTI/ file image
news Politics Monday, July 17, 2017 - 20:05

 Information and Broadcasting Minister and senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu has been nominated the ruling NDAs vice presidential candidate, BJP President Amit Shah announced in the national capital on Monday.

Shah said that Naidu is "among the senior most leaders in India across party lines". 

Naidu has served twice as BJP President and has been a member of the Rajya Sabha for four terms.

"All the members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have welcomed Venkaiah Naidu's candidature for Vice President," Shah said.

Naidu will file his nomination on Tuesday.

The opposition has already declared former diplomat and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate.

Meanwhile, tThe election to choose Indias 14th President saw almost 100 per cent voting on Monday with Lok Sabha Secretary and Returning Officer Anoop Mishra terming it "probably the highest turnout ever".

Mishra said a total of 717 MPs and five MLAs were supposed to cast their votes at Parliament House. Of these, 714 MPs and four MLAs voted here. 

He said that 10 states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, and the Union Territory of Puducherry - recorded 100 per cent voting, and added that the rest of the states also recorded "almost 100 per cent" voting.

Mishra said the final figures from four states -- Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura -- were still awaited.

Voting was held in 32 polling stations -- one in Parliament House and rest one each in state legislative assemblies. 

Polling started at 10 a.m and ended at 5 p.m. 

A total of 776 MPs and 4,120 MLAs were eligible to vote. The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,903.

The ballot boxes from the states will be brought to Delhi for counting on 

 

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