This is his second stint as a Union Minister, after heading the Rural Development Ministry in the year 2000.
Hailing from a a remote village named Chavatapalem in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, the 65-year-old leader is a Rajya Sabha member from neighbouring Karnataka.
After graduating from V R College, Nellore, he obtained law degree from Andhra University at Visakhapatnam. He was also the president of Students Union, Andhra University Colleges in 1973.
Commencing his political journey as president of the youth wing of Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh, he has held a number of positions in BJP. He was elected twice to the Legislative Assembly in Andhra Pradesh and to the Rajya Sabha three times.
An experienced Parliamentarian, Naidu was a member of various Standing Committees including External Affairs and Finance. Presently, he is the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management.
Naidu was a Union Minister of Rural Development between eptember 30, 2000 and June 30, 2002 in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Later he functioned as the national President of BJP from July 2002 to October 2004.
(With inputs from PTI)
In a series of tweets, Naidu said that he reached the Delhi airport at 12.30 pm to catch Air India flight AI544 to Hyderabad after he was told it was on schedule.
While Naidu and Mathur each got 42 votes, BJP's other two candiates Harsh Vardhan, a member of erstwhile Dungarpur royal family, and Ramkumar Verma, a retired RBI official, secured 40 each.
Naidu also said that it was the then NDA Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who provided all sorts of connectivity, even political connectivity in this country.
Naidu also criticizes political Opposition for passing "substandard comments" about the Prime minister.
"Simply AAP has come to power, that's why it is saying. Congress was in power for last 10 years. They did not," he told reporters in Hyderabad.
As the Modi government completes two years in power, here is look at what key ministers from the Union Cabinet have to say.
With the party leadership keeping a track on the promotion work each minister is doing for the NDA government’s second anniversary, BJP ministers seems to be competing with each other.
If you don’t want a service, no one will force you; if you do, you must pay for it, the Urban Development Minister tells Shalini Nair as he looks ahead at his next three years in office.
Replying to questions about Rahul Gandhi's elevation, he said the Congress vice president was already practically running the party.
"The Modi Government has implemented schemes from Pension to Antodaya which are beneficiary for the poor in the country,” Naidu told reporters in the capital.
Changing the name of a road is not our priority nor we are considering such things, he said.
Naidu also said such “turbulence” is visible in a handful of universities, and that “students of 735 out of 740 universities” were “fully engaged in academic activities”
In his statement during a discussion on the Demand for Grants for his ministry, Naidu said chief ministers of some of the states, where the proposals are lagging, have informed him that the unavailability of land is a problem.
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The BJP leader quoted Mahatma Gandhi's saying that country's development was incomplete without development of rural areas.
The BRICS cities conclave in Mumbai would be the first one after India assumed presidency of the group in February.
“It’s not a Hindu slogan. Bhagat Singh, while walking towards the gallows, had chanted Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” he added.
In case of failure in granting building permits within 30 days, construction can start based on deemed permissions, said Union minister Venkaiah Naidu.
Singhvi suggested that Modi's cabinet is no different from that of the Tamil Nadu CM which prostrates before her.
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"(Atal Bihari) Vajpayee has shown us the way, and now leader Narendra Modi, we are fortunate to have a leader like Modi," said Naidu.
Slamming AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and party's MLA in Maharashtra Waris Pathan for remarking that they won't chant 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', the BJP leader said, "Everybody should condemn it; society will not accept this."
“We at Princeton believe that it is a fundamental advantage for a university to be able to tolerate even offensive kinds of speech...,” he said.
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“Anything that is Hindu, India, Bharatiya, you object,” Naidu said while talking to reporters at the Parliament.
"The erstwhile UPA government tried to evolve consensus on the issue for 10 years and the present dispensation is continuing that effort," Naidu said.
Naidu alleged that Congress was always soft on terrorists and hard on nationalists.
Venkaiah Naidu also rejected as "disinformation" that the government was considering closing down JNU
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Opposition MPs that he was not just the PM of the BJP but of the entire nation and that he was ready to discuss all concerns that the Opposition MPs have," Naidu said.
The CCPA meeting will be followed by another convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu with opposition leaders to discuss the duration of the session in in view of upcoming assembly polls in five states.
"Rohith's is not the first incident (suicide)...10 (such suicides) incidents have happened during Congress regime. Nobody had time. No Sonia, no Rahul and no Digvijay Singh, " Naidu said.
Stating that the actor is a friend, Naidu said, “However, the way he said things has hurt me and also hurt the nation in my opinion.”
The minister said that a committee has chosen 20 cities in the first list based on feasibility, smartness of proposal, performance indicators among others and awarded marks out of 100.
Smarty cities: Some of the parameters on the basis of which the decision was taken are feasibility, result orientation, citizen participation, smartness of proposals etc.
In the subsequent years, the government will announce 40 cities each to be developed as Smart Cities as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to develop 100 Smart Cities in the country.
"Congratulations to all Padma awardees... Very happy that for the first time a Padma award is bestowed on a farmer, Shri Subhash Palekar", Naidu said on Twitter.