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Vice Presidential election 2017: Vote starts for Vice President

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New Delhi: Polling to elect the next vice- president of India began at Parliament House on Saturday morning and the results would be declared this evening.

Ruling NDA’s candidate M Venkaiah Naidu is tipped to be the country’s next vice president.

The ruling NDA, which has a majority in the Lok Sabha, will find it easy to place its candidate in the post.

The opposition has fielded Gopal Krishna Gandhi against Naidu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to cast their votes in Parliament.

Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice in the election to be held between 10 am and 5 pm today.

The Biju Janata Dal and the Janta Dal (United) which had supported NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president have decided to back opposition’s nominee Gandhi.

Though the JD (U) has broken ties with ‘mahagathbandhan’ and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar, it will vote for Mr Gandhi, a former governor of West Bengal.

No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot.

The term of the present incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, is coming to an end on August 10.

The Electoral College which elects the vice president, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, consists of elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

The Electoral College which elects the vice president, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, consists of elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

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