Venkaiah Naidu is NDA vice-president nominee, to take on Opposition’s Gopalkrishna Gandhi

M Venkaiah Naidu has been chosen as NDA's candidate for the Vice-Presidential election. Meanwhile, the Congress-led opposition parties has already announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice presidential poll scheduled for August 5.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2017 9:24 pm
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Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday was chosen as NDA’s candidate for the forthcoming Vice-Presidential election. “Venkaiah ji has a lot of experience, all NDA allies have welcomed this decision,” said BJP President Amit Shah while addressing a press conference in Delhi. The Union Minister will file his nomination on Tuesday, Shah added. The decision was taken in the BJP’s parliamentary board meeting, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior party leaders.

An alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, has already declared Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice-presidential poll scheduled for August 5. July 18 is the last date for filing of nominations.

At present, the 68-year old Naidu holds the portfolios of Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs. The electoral college for the August 5 election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament.

Reflecting on his nomination, PM Modi said Naidu is a fitting candidate for the Vice-President’s post. “I know M Venkaiah Naidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President,” he tweeted.

“The years of Parliamentary experience M Venkaiah Naidu Garu will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson,” Modi added.

One of the popular leaders from Andra Pradesh, Naidu was elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for two consecutive times (1978-83 and 1983-85). He also became the President of Andhra Pradesh State Unit of BJP from 1988 to 1993.

Subsequently, Naidu rose through the ranks as he became the General Secretary of All India BJP from 1993 to September 2000. In 1988, he was elected as the Member of Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. He was also BJP’s spokesperson from 1996 to 2000. In the Parliament, he was a member of committees that covered subjects such as home affairs, agriculture, finance, rural development, external affairs.

Under the Atal Bihar Vajpayee cabinet, Naidu was elected as the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development in 1999. Later, he became the National President of BJP in 2002. He was selected for a second term in 2004 but stepped down after BJP’s loss in the 2004 General Elections. He was re-elected to Rajya Sabha again from Karnataka in 2004 and 2010. In 2016, he was elected for the fourth term in Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

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  1. Mahesh Tumarada
    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm
    congratulations vankayya naidu ji... I am very happy being a telugu person. mahesh
    1. Simmi
      Jul 17, 2017 at 10:23 pm
      BJP paid trolls from IT cell trying hard to sell another Hatemonger for VP post.....Illiterate PM , RSS hatemongers President and now VC... India has gone to d0gs completely....
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        Raj Pat
        Jul 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm
        Opposition lost the negotiation. If opposition has negotiated President from BJP and Vice President from Opposition unanimously then they would have got at least one member of their choice. Contesting President election they lost the plot will get nothing and people of India thinks low about capacity of opposition to work together logically.
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          George Cruz
          Jul 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm
          The Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is an excellent choice for the vice president's post because Naidu is a hard worker, a dedicated to the progress of India, and has risen to the ranks by sheer dedication to serve the nation. The truth is that Gopalkrishna Gandhi is a congress party pseudo secular nut, anti-national who has supported notorious Islamic Jihadists like Yakub Memon, and he might be g son of great Mahatma but he is not Mahatma Gandhi and doesn't possess any qualities of Mahatma. He is an ardent supporter of the congress and the TMC who are working with the Chinese/Pak to bring down the development oriented BJP and to destabilize India at the risk of India's integrity/security. Let's not forget another dynastic leaders's secret meeting with the Chinese ambassador to aid TMC's Mamata Begum.
          1. R
            Jul 17, 2017 at 9:48 pm
            Good decision by BJP. They have chosen a man with long administrative experience, parliamentary affairs and RS member as VP to run its business. They too could have behaved like loser Sonia-Yechury-Momota-Lallu gang and appointed some g son of Netaji Bose, Lal Bahudur Sastri or Lokmanya Tilak etc. plenty in their ranks to er Mohandas G a ndh i 's leftist g son's losing contest. They didn't go by propaganda way, but for the real substance. That is the example of real good governance.
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