Not interested in contesting vice presidential poll: Venkaiah Naidu

The Union Minister and BJP leader said that happiness for him was meeting people and serving them

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: June 27, 2017 6:58 pm
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Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said he was not interested in any ceremonial position that would keep him away from the people and would not contest the vice presidential poll even if someone compelled him.

Happiness for him was meeting people and serving them, the Union urban development minister told reporters here.

He stated categorically that there was no chance of him contesting the vice presidential election.

“Never am I going to participate in vice president elections even if anyone compels me,” Naidu said.

“Happiness for me is to meet people, be among them and serve them. I cannot stay away from people by taking up any ceremonial position,” the minister added.

He had declared recently he would neither want to become the rashtrapati (president) nor uparashtrapati (vice president) but was happy being Usha’s pati (his spouse).

“I wish to speak without any barriers and say what I feel, travel to different places, meet people and eat their food,” he added.

Vice President M Hamid Ansari’s term ends on August 10.

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  1. L
    Jun 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm
    This Venkaiah Naidu recently said that Hindi is national language, (which is not.) He wants to please NaMo so that he can become VP. Very cunning of him.
    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Jun 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm
      There are many older people and leaders are available in the Party and why and on what basis he must be considered for the Vice President post. Already PM Modi had made it clear that he is not willing to allow the Senior Members of the Cabinet to relinquish the post for President post and the same is applicable for VP post also.Why media is misleading the news or is it just to sensationalise the news and thus cover up the story ???