The 13th Vice President of India – Venkaiah Naidu Takes Oath

Venkaiah NaiduVeteran BJP leader and former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is all set to take oath as the 13th Vice President of India today. Naidu defeated his opponent Gopalkrishna Gandhi last week to win the vice presidential election.

The swearing in-ceremony will begin on 11th August at 10 am IST at Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan. He is expected to pay tributes to the great Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat and will later on honor Dr. BR Ambedkar, Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, and Sardar Vallabhai.

On Thursday, 10th August, Venkaiah Naidu said, “Indian ethos is of mutual respect for each other.” He further added, “People tried to use minority issues for political purposes.” Naidu’s statements were in wake of outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari’s statement over unease among Muslims in the country.

The latest update about the ceremony

  • Veteran BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu takes oath as the 13th Vice President.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind arrives for oath taking ceremony.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Durbar Hall.

Further, Naidu Met Pranab Mukherjee at his residence today. “I thank him for his warm best wishes for the future,” he said.

With Venkaiah Naidu swearing in as the vice president today, Hamid Ansari signs off as a straight forward yet non-controversial Vice-President of the country. He left the second highest office under the Constitution of India after serving two consecutive terms.

The 81-year old politician has served in various diplomatic missions for 40 years. He also served at Indian missions in Rabat (Morocco) and Brussels (Belgium). Hamid Ansari was awarded Padma Shree for his role in furthering India’s diplomatic relations with various countries.

Bidding farewell to Hamid Ansari, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The way you handled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha earned you friends on both sides.”