Venkaiah Naidu Takes Oath As Vice President of India


New Delhi:  M Venkaiah Naidu was on Friday sworn in as the Vice President of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Naidu. The swearing-in ceremony was held in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

PM Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh and other ruling and opposition leaders were present at the swearing-in ceremony. Earlier Naidu, 68, paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat.

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He also paid tributes to Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, besides Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Babasaheb BR Ambedkar. As Vice President, Naidu will be the Rajya Sabha chairman and the government is hopeful that his presence will result in the House running more smoothly. Opposition members, who outnumber treasury benches in the House, have often blocked its legislation.