Members of the Central Parliament in New Delhi went to the polls yesterday (Saturday) to elect the new Vice-President of India.
Members of the Central Parliament in New Delhi went to the polls yesterday (Saturday) to elect the new Vice-President of India. He is Mr. V.V. Giri, Governor of Mysore State and a former trade union leader who was the candidate of the ruling Congress Party.
Mr. Giri studied law in Dublin before embarking on a career in Indian politics that took him through the governorships of ??? Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore States. In 1952, he joined Nehru's cabinet as labour minister, but resigned because he did not agree with the Government's amendment of a Labour Tribunal's award to bank employees.
In his new role as Vice-President he will preside over India's Upper House, the Council of States, and act as President in the event of the President's death or resignation until the election of a new President.
Members of Parliament and State Legislatures across the country were also yesterday voting as an electoral college to elect a new President in succession to Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who retires this month after five years in the post.