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M. Venkaiah Naidu Sworn in as Vice President of India

President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office and secrecy to Venkaiah Naidu. Credit: PTI/Manvender Vashist

President Ram Nath Kovind administering the oath of office and secrecy to Venkaiah Naidu. Credit: PTI/Manvender Vashist

New Delhi: M. Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the 15th vice president of India on Friday (August 11) morning.

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu, 68, at a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan attended by political leaders cutting across party lines.

While he is the 15th vice president, he is the 13th person to hold the constitutional post. His predecessor Hamid Ansari and the first vice president S. Radhakrishnan had held the post for two consecutive terms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ex vice president Hamid 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.

Samajwadi Party 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, Kovind, Modi, Ansari, Naidu and Advani were seen seated together.

Naidu’s wife M. Usha was also present.

Born in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Naidu has served as BJP president, minister in various portfolios and a long-time Rajya Sabha member.