M Venkaiah Naidu today became the 15th Vice-President of the country.He was administered the oath of office by President RamNath Kovind at a simple function at Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu's immediate predecessor Hamid Ansari, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, veteran BJP leader L K Advani and party chief Amit Shah and several cabinet ministers were among those distinguished people attended the function.
Naidu was elected Vice-President on August 5, defeating joint Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The 68-year-old leader has risen to the second highest Constitutional post of the country after four decades in active politics which he joined in his college days as member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the BJP. The veteran politician will now be the first BJP-Sangh leader to assume the Office of Vice-President. Last month, the top constitutional post of President also went to a person from the same background—Ramnath Kovind.
Naidu, who was born into an agricultural family at Chavatapalem village in the coastal district of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh on July 1, in 1949, came under the influence of RSS in his most formative years. He has served as BJP president twice besides holding important portfolios as Union Minister. Naidu was a Rajya Sabha member from Rajathan.