BJP parliamentary board to decide on VP candidate today
Senior BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh in South India and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, has been declared as the NDA's vice presidential candidate.
The 68-year-old Naidu was chosen on Monday as the NDA's vice presidential candidate at a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board.
Voting for the V-P elections will be held on August 5 and counting of votes will be held the same day. Sources also informed that PM Modi spoke to Naidu again and asked him to keep in mind the interest of the nation.
Addressing a meeting here of several opposition parties on the eve of the presidential poll, she said the election represents "a clash of ideas" and "a conflict of disparate values" and the battle should be fought hard.
The man who wanted to remain "Usha Pati" and not become Upa Rastrapathi is all set to succeed Mohammed Hamid Ansari as India's 13th Vice-President.
"Venkaiah is a senior political leader across party lines and is a senior leader of the BJP which he had been associated from his youth".
Naidu will continue as MP till the election process is not finished.
After having served in various organisational posts of the BJP at the state and national level, he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998. I treated my party as my mother and they brought me up to this level.
Rajya Sabha arithmetic continues to be unfavourable to the Modi government. While Rajya Sabha has 233 elected and 12 nominated members, Lok Sabha has 543 elected and 2 nominated members, taking the total strength to 790.
He first hogged limelight during his 1972 Jai Andhra movement.
While the Opposition had announced their candidate for Vice President before the NDA's announcement, the NDA had selected their Presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, before the Opposition finalised Meira Kumar. In the party too, he has held important positions. He was elected as the president of the students' union of colleges-affiliated to the Andhra University.
Sources close to him later said Naidu had resigned from the party. Within some decades, he was the BJP's best-known leader from southern India, one famous for witty one-liners. Naidu will file his application for his candidature tomorrow at 11am.
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