Venkaiah Naidu travels the distance from pasting party posters as young boy to becoming V-P elect

As a young boy with dreams of making it big in politics one day, Naidu assisted the BJP, which was a young party back then by pasting posters of party bigwigs which include the likes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 11, 2017 10:20 am
Kaushalya Maa, sister of Venkaiah Naidu, puts a tilak on his forehead as his wife Usha looks on after he was elected as the Vice-President of India on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

NDA nominee and former union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been appointed as the 13th Vice-President of India after he defeated Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi registering a comfortable win. Reaching this position has not been easy for the BJP veteran. From very humble beginnings in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district to becoming the Vice-President elect of the largest democracy in the world, Naidu has come a long way.

Naidu began his political stint in the seventies by pasting party posters as a young boy and later rose to success by becoming one of the most prominent leaders of the Bharatiya Janta Party. Not only has Naidu served as the BJP President, he has also been a long-serving Rajya Sabha member and has also held various portfolios as a minister in the Parliament.

As a young boy with dreams of making it big in politics one day, Naidu assisted the BJP, which was a young party back then by pasting posters of party bigwigs which include the likes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. It was a time when BJP’s precursor Jana Sangh was a marginal player and had little clout in the southern part of the country.

A two-term member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Naidu has always been known for his commendable orating skills. Naidu has had the privilege of being elected to the Rajya Sabha three times from Karnataka. He has also represented Rajasthan in the Upper House before being nominated for the prestigious post of Vice-President by the NDA.

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The Advani protege played an integral role in backing Narendra Modi for the Prime Minister’s post before the 2014 elections. Naidu held the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Urban Affairs in the Modi Cabinet and has also served as the minister of parliamentary affairs. When the nation faced emergency during Indra Gandhi’s regime, Naidu worked as an ABVP activist and was even put behind bars.

Naidu served as the Rural Development Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee lead NDA government and also served as the BJP national president from July 2002 to October 2004 for two consecutive terms. He later quit the post after the NDA’s defeat in the Lok Sabha election of 2004.

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As the Parliamentary Affairs minister in the Modi cabinet, Naidu was always there whenever his party needed him the most. He was the one who met congress chief Sonia Gandhi when there was a standoff between the government and the opposition in Parliament. Under his leadership, the parliament cleared several major legislations including the GST Bill and the Real Estate Act.

Naidu was also steadfast in presenting issues in perspective with effective repartee whenever the need be. He also launched various urban missions including the Smart City Project, Atal Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Housing for All during his tenure as the Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. As Rural Development Minister, Naidu was launched the popular ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’.

With PTI inputs

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    K.Srinivasan
    Aug 6, 2017 at 6:46 am
    Educated,honest,god fearing nation loving people become cons utional heads under B J P s rule It is good time like former presidents/ Venkatraman, Kalam,d Shankerdayal Sharma and,Mukarji
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      Lovely
      Aug 6, 2017 at 6:04 am
      Venkaiah has been hard core nationalist and never ever changed party for sake of power.But he could not build mass cadre base in AP unlike Yeddurayappa in Karnataka. Hope his tenure as Vice President will be smooth.
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        rishi
        Aug 6, 2017 at 3:08 am
        .....those who have seen it over the decades can understand the significance of it all fro a 127 crores people who all are equally deserving of a decent livelihood and comfortable life.....the sacrifices of RSS-BJP combine in reaching the stage that they are in is visible in the humility of each one of their highly powerful, influential and visionary stalwarts that the fully home-grown socio-political outfit of RSS-BJP is not short of.....Nationalists to the core who derive their strengths from service to every citizen from the poorest of the poor of the Nation to the rich and the richest of our people ...everyone deserves a place under the sun is their philosophy in their inclusive governance outlined in "sab ka saath, sab ka vikas"....Congratulations to all Indians for making their government strong by supporting BJP.
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          Al S
          Aug 6, 2017 at 1:55 am
          Congratulations to Mr. Naidu for winning the VP election. I hope he will stop the practice of forcing IE from publishing his article. Firstly, they were never authored him, it would have been a handiwork of some staff member or alternatively some IAS officer. But more importantly, they were solidly boaring, pure thrash. Thanks goodness, he's won. Otherwise, we would have been subjected (and subjugated) to his insipid stuff.
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            George Cruz
            Aug 6, 2017 at 12:39 am
            This landslide win by Venkaiah Naidu, a great BJP leader who is highly educated, secular, inclusive of every Indian citizen is a proof that the Indian citizens are increasingly showing solidarity with the BJP and other patriotic organizations like the RSS/VHP/Hindutva etc. and giving 100 percent mandate to make the country strong economically/militarily against the threats of Kashmir separatists terror group as well as the communist China. The staged attacks by the congress/communists on Rahul Gandhi's car failed to muster any support for the failing congress party nor its allies like RJD, the TMC, the communists, etc. What is the congress party and Rahul Gandhi's next move to spew more venom against the BJP???? Staged Church attacks?????
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              MyTake
              Aug 6, 2017 at 1:21 am
              Very sensible analysis. People need more of voices like yours in public spaces to bring real hopes and real aspirations for those who need it most. Wind is blowing right for India to start sailing, now! Real Indians are going to benefit now (and not the fake ones) from real Modification that is taking place under PM Modi's watch!
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              Singh
              Aug 5, 2017 at 10:05 pm
              " As the Parliamentary Affairs minister" Same paragraph three time to increase length of news. Shame on auditor. Late Mr. Goenka must be weeping when he see condition of his dreamed unbiased paper of his time. Hello Islamic express wake up from slumber.
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