Vice President Venkaiah Naidu? NDA 'almost finalises' minister's name

Jerome Frank
July 19, 2017

The last date for filing nomination papers for the vice-presidential election is July 18, Tuesday.

After NDA's victory in the 1999 general elections, he became the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural development in the government headed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Playing down reports that he was reluctant to get out of the government, Naidu thanked Modi and Shah for bestowing honour by declaring him the NDA candidate to fight the poll against opposition's Gopal Krishna Gandhi. I told my colleagues also that I want to see Modi come back again in 2019 and then I will call it off and join social service. but destiny decided otherwise. He is comfortably placed against UPA candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the electoral college consisting of 771 members of both the Houses of Parliament, including the nominated members. "I am happy being Usha's pati (wife Usha's husband)".

While he backed off from it, Venkaiah was still the first BJP MP to raise the issue of Special Status to Andhra Pradesh in Rajya Sabha when the party was in the opposition.

Naidu was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1998, only to be re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016. Having been imprisoned during Emergency, he went on to become the youth wing president of Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh upon his release in 1977 and in a political journey spanning almost four decades rose up the ranks to become BJP's national president in 2002 and in 2004. "The years of Parliamentary experience @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu has will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson", Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on his Twitter account. He said he learnt the art of alliteration from Jagannath Rao Joshi, senior RSS pracharak and a front-ranking leader of the Jana Sangh and BJP.

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Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party was on a weak wicket in southern India, Venkaiah embraced it tightly.

His oratory skills and political activism propelled his political career and he was elected MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly twice from Udayagiri in Nellore district in 1978 and 1983. Naidu is a veteran BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh and therefore, his candidature falls in neatly with the party's big plans for expanding its foot in the south, especially Andhra and Telangana.

M Venkaiah Naidu inches towards vice presidency.

He is among the most experienced leader in the BJP. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President. Has also served as the President of the party between 2002 and 2004.

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