The Vice President of India, officially the Vice President of the Republic of India, is the second-highest constitutional office in India after the President.
Article 63 of Indian Constitution states that “There shall be a Vice President of India.”
The Vice President acts as President in the absence of the president due to death, resignation, impeachment, or other situations.
The Vice President of India is also Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
When a bill is introduced in Rajya Sabha, the vice president decides whether it is a financial bill or not.
If he is of the opinion, a bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha is a money bill, he would refer the case to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha for deciding it.
Article 66 of the Indian Constitution states the manner of election of the Vice President.
The Vice President of India also acts as the Honourable Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Venkaiah Naidu is the current Vice President of India.
He defeated UPA’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi on 5 August 2017 election.
List of Vice Presidents of India
|3||Varahagiri Venkata Giri||1967-1969||Independent|
|4||Gopal Swarup Pathak||1969-1974||Independent|
|5||Basappa Danappa Jatti||1974-1979||Indian National Congress|
|7||Ramaswamy Venkataraman||1984-1987||Indian National Congress|
|8||Shankar Dayal Sharma||1987-1992||Indian National Congress|
|9||Kocheril Raman Narayanan||1992-1997||Indian National Congress|
|10||Krishan Kantdagger||1997-2002||Janata Dal|
|11||Bhairon Singh Shekhawat||2002-2007||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|12||Mohammad Hamid Ansari||2007-2017||Indian National Congress|
|13||Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu||2017 – till now||Present Bharatiya Janata Party|