Veteran political leader M Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the Vice President of the country in a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan today. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu and the ceremony was attended by political leaders from several parties.
Dressed in his trademark white panche (lungi) – shirt attire, Naidu became the 13th person to hold the esteemed post. He is the 15th VicePresident, Hamid Ansari and S Radhakrishnan have both held the Vice-President’s office for two consecutive terms.
Naidu comes from a humble background and has made a remarkable career for himself in politics over the past four decades. BJP President, Rajya Sabha member and minister in various portfolios are some of the highlights of his resume.
One of the responsibilities for Naidu as a Vice President will include serving as the Rajya Sabha chairman. In relation to that, after being elected, he assured that as the chairman of the upper house, he would sincerely try to steer the functioning of the house without “fear or favour” and would uphold its integrity and decorum with the cooperation of all its members.
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