New Delhi, Aug 5: The stage is set for the vice presidential election 2017 that will take place in Parliament House today. The results of the vice presidential election are expected to arrive in the evening. Ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate M Venkaiah Naidu is likely to win the vice presidential election to become the second person with RSS background to hold the second most important constitutional post. Naidu is pitted against opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
Polling for the vice presidential election will take place between 10 AM to 5 PM and the votes will be counted in the evening at 7 PM. In an effective electoral college of 787 members, the Lok Sabha currently has 543 members and the Rajya Sabha 244. The MPs will be given special pens to ink their individual choice during the polling. With around support of 493 NDA lawmakers, Venkaiah Naidu seems to be in a comfortable position.
Apart from the NDA’s 81 Rajya Sabha members and 338 Lok Sabha members, MPs of both houses of the AIADMK (50), YSR Congress (10) and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (14) are expected to vote for Naidu. On the other hand, Gopalkrishna Gandhi has support of the Congress, the Left parties, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), DMK, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and National Conference. Janata Dal-United, which is now a part of NDA, announced support for Gandhi.