India's ruling party names minister for vice president

Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu with no other choice will be filing his nomination and he will be competing with Gopalakrishna Gandhi who is the UPA's Vice-Presidential candidate. At 11 o' clock, the senior leaders will go and file their nominations.

Naidu tweeted, "Happy that Sh Mulayam Singh ji blessed me and extended his full support".

"Gandhi is a better candidate for the post instead of Venkaiah Naidu who has been chosen by the ruling NDA", said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.

Those who accompanied Naidu incluced Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, several Cabinet Ministers like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, and Prakash Javadekar, besides veteran party leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Way back in 2004, the then BJP President Venkaiah Naidu was the sole reason for an alliance with AIADMK. The announcement was made by BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi this evening.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, M Venkaiak Naidu is a fit candidate for the office of Vice President. Sample his call to investors in Jharkhand - "State is lovely, People are dutiful, Resources are plentiful, Brand ambassador is powerful, Chief Minister is mindful, Prime Minister is helpful..."; or his response to the possibility of being BJP's VP candidate - "I don't want to be Rashtrapati". I extend my support to Gopalkrishna Gandhi for Vice-Presidential elections, Pattnaik told media. He also holds the urban development and poverty alleviation portfolio in addition to I&B ministry. Mr. Naidu has been a champion of what is otherwise seen as a "North Indian" party. An electoral college consisting of 790 MPs of the two Houses of Parliament - 245 MPs from Rajya Sabha and 545 from Lok Sabha - are eligible to cast their vote.

Venkaiah had three continuous terms in the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka from 1998 to 2016, when he shifted to Rajasthan to get a fourth term.

Voting for the V-P elections will be held on August 5 and counting of votes will be held the same day. He was first elected as an MLA in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978, and was part of the Jana Sangh movement.

From being imprisoned during the Emergency under the maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA), when he was leading the Janata party Youth Wing in Andhra Pradesh from 1977-80, Naidu has had an illustrious career as an anti-Congress politician.

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