Venkaiah Naidu named NDA’s vice-presidential candidate: Here is all you need to know about him

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu will file his nomination papers on Tuesday. He is pitted against Opposition's Vice-president candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The elections are scheduled to take place on August 5.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2017 9:12 pm
Venkaiah Naidu, Venkaiah Naidu vice-president, Venkaiah naidu vice-presidential candidate, gopalkrishna gandhi, amit shah, presidential polls, vice-presidential polls, india news, indian express M Venkaiah Naidu was announced as NDA’s candidate for the Vice-presidential polls. (File)

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was on Monday named as the NDA’s candidate for the Vice-presidential polls that are scheduled to take place next month. The announcement was made by Amit Shah after BJP’s Parliamentary Party meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this evening.

“BJP Parliamentary Board unanimously chose Venkaiah Naidu as our vice-presidential candidate and all NDA allies have welcomed this decision. He has also accepted the nomination,” BJP president Amit Shah said at a press conference after the meeting.

The 68-year old Venkaiah Naidu is currently handling the portfolios of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting in the BJP led government. Born in 1949 in Andhra Pradesh, he is one of the most senior members of the cabinet and is said to have a keen interest in farmer issues and development of backward areas.

With a bachelor degree in politics as well as law, Naidu became a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at a  very young age. He joined ABVP in 1973 as a student leader. He was later elected as the student president of the Andhra University Colleges. During the Jai Andhra movement in 1972, Naidu emerged as a leader, taking charge of the agitation in Nellore. He also actively participated in the movement against the emergency in 1975 for which he was imprisoned. Naidu also became the President of the Youth Wing of  Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh from 1977 to 1980.

Known to be one of the most popular leaders from Andra Pradesh, Naidu was elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for two consecutive times. He was also the President of Andhra Pradesh State Unit of BJP from 1988 to 1993.

Naidu rose to ranks by becoming the General Secretary of All India BJP from 1993 to September 2000. In April 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 like home affairs, agriculture, finance, rural development, external affairs.

In 1999, under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, Naidu was elected as the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development. Later he became the National President of BJP in 2002. He was selected for a second term in 2004 but resigned after BJP’s loss in the 2004 general elections. He was re-elected to Rajya Sabha again from Karnataka in 2004 and 2010. In 2006, Venkaiah Naidu became a member of the Parliamentary Board of BJP and Central Election Committee. In 2016, he was elected for the fourth term in Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.

Venkaiah Naidu is also well known for his oratory skills in the political circles. It is through him, that BJP was able to form an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh. He was also actively involved in the discussions related to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and formation of Telangana.

Venkaiah Naidu will file his nomination papers on Tuesday. He is pitted against Opposition’s Vice-president candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The elections are scheduled to take place on August 5.

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    Jul 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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          Jul 18, 2017 at 9:26 am
          Motor mouth is a lucky person having been to parliament for over 20 years without winning voters confidence directly all along. only time he won elections to A.P.assembly was in 1978 post emergency polls that too when Congress under went a split.
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            George Cruz
            Jul 18, 2017 at 6:00 am
            The nomination of the Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to be vice presidential candidate by the BJP/Shah is another stroke and a checkmate to the congress party. The truth is that Venkaiah Naidu is a highly educated (bachelor degree in politics as well as Law degree), rose to the ranks just by dedication and sheer hard work, a capable leader, and very humble and inclusive all citizens. The reality is that the Opposition's Vice-president candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi is a congress party pseudo secular nut, a puppet of the dynastic leader Sonia, ardent supporter of the Kashmir separatists Islamic Jihadists along with NC leader Omar Abdullah as well as supported Mamata Begum's appea t of Illegal/illiterate Muslims in W. Bengal for vote bank politics but the at the risk of India's integrity/security considering the recent atrocities and heinous killing of innocent Hindus in W.Bengal.
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              Rabi Mishra
              Jul 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm
              Naidu is a good candidate to take on the fake Gandhi (his name is Gopal, another Gopal killed the original Gandhi) promoted by fake Gandhis.
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              Surya Prakash Sharma
              Jul 18, 2017 at 5:53 am
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                bil
                Jul 18, 2017 at 4:01 am
                HE WILL WEAR LUNGI WITH HIS TIE AND PROMOTE HINDI WHILST TALKING IN ENGLISH>
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                  CrystallBall
                  Jul 18, 2017 at 1:47 am
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