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M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday took oath as the new Vice President at a simple ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan's Durbar Hall here. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to the former Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Hindi.
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Naidu, 68, who was hitherto part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, succeeded M. Hamid Ansari who served two consecutive terms since August 2007. Nominated by the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Naidu won the August 5 poll defeating former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
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Naidu won 516 out of the 760 valid votes, winning the highest vote share in three decades in the vice presidential poll. A two-time Union Minister and four-time Rajya Sabha member, Naidu earlier held the Parliamentary Affairs, Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development portfolios.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh were among those present on the occasion.
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Earlier, Naidu paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. He also paid tributes to Jan Sangh leader Deendayal Upadhyaya, besides Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar.