The counting of votes will commence after polling and the results will be declared by 7 pm, Election Commission officials said.
This is the first time in the history of India that Congress is not on any of the top three constitutional posts-Prime Minister, President, and Vice-President.
The BJP and its allies enjoy a majority in the 545-member lower house of parliament but not in the upper house, weakening its ability to pass legislation. It must be noted that unlike the Presidential election, only Parliamentarians vote in this election. "If I prepared a non-vegetarian meal, he (Somaiahji) would be happy to be a guest", said Naidu, fondly reminiscing his early years in the party. "I have written a polite letter to everyone and the response has been very good".
From an announcer in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's programme in 1963 to an MLA to a spokesperson, MP, party general secretary to BJP's national president, Naidu has held various position with high respect.
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The Vice President is elected by an electoral college comprising members of both the Houses of Parliament including nominated members.
Naidu, considered close to Modi, held the post of a federal minister before being nominated as vice president.
"As chairman of Rajya Sabha I will uphold dignity and decorum of the house with cooperation of all members", he added.
"As Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, I will sincerely try to steer the functioning of the House without fear or favour". Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi, a former West Bengal Governor and a diplomat, had support of the Congress, the Left parties, Nationalist Congress Party, DMK, Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and National Conference. In the 2007 vice presidential poll, incumbent Hamid Ansari had polled 456 votes, Najma Heptullah 222 votes and Rashid Masood 075 votes. Fourteen MPs of different political parties did not vote due to varied reasons. As the Parliamentary Affairs minister in the Modi cabinet, Naidu was always there whenever his party needed him the most.
Mr Naidu secured 516 votes against the pledged support of around 495.