New Delhi, Aug 11: M Venkaiah Naidu took oath as the 13th Vice President of India today. The swearing-in ceremony of Venkaiah Naidu was held in Darbar Hall at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 10:00 am. The 68-year old Naidu was elected as the next Vice President of India on August 5, defeating opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi by a margin of 272 votes.

Venkaiah Naidu was administered the oath of office by the new President of India Ram Nath Kovind at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Naidu was nominated by Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance for Vice President’s post. With 516 votes, Naidu defeated opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. He received 67.9 per cent vote share in the vice presidential election, which was the highest vote share in 30 years. Naidu quit as a senior cabinet minister in the NDA government and the ruling BJP after being named vice presidential candidate.

Hours ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that India is the best model of secularism. Naidu, who will succeed Hamid Ansari, expressed his sadness on the change in Indian politics from ‘4Cs to 3Cs’ and said, “In politics, 3 Cs have entered – Cash, Caste and Community – and we must return to 4 Cs – Character, Caliber, Capacity and Conduct.”