Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as Vice-President

Agencies/New Delhi
August 12, 2017 NATIONAL 145 Views
Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as Vice-President

M. Venkaiah Naidu was on Friday sworn in as the 15th Vice-President of India.
President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Mr. Naidu, at a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan attended by political leaders cutting across party lines.
Wearing his trademark white panche (lungi) and white shirt, Mr. Naidu took oath in Hindi in the name of God.
While he is the 15th Vice-President, he is the 13th person to hold the constitutional post. His predecessor Hamid Ansari and India’s first Vice-President S. Radhakrishnan had held the post for two consecutive terms.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, BJP veteran L K Advani, several Union Ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers attended the ceremony.
SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, NCP’s Tariq Anwar, CPI leader D Raja, TMC leaders Sudip Bandhopadhyay and Derek O’ Brien and AIADMK’s O Panneerselvam were also seen.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar —— who has joined hands with the BJP in his state —— also attended the ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
After the ceremony, President Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, Mr. Ansari, Mr. Naidu, and Mr.Advani were seen seated together.Mr.Naidu’s wife M. Usha was also present.

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