Senior BJP leader and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be the NDA candidate for the post of Vice President. The announcement was made by BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi this evening after the Party Parliamentary Board meeting.
He said, the decision was taken unanimously by the board. Mr Shah said, the name of Mr Naidu was earlier discussed with the NDA allies and is supported by them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Party President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, J P Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot and Ananth Kumar were present in the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, M Venkaiak Naidu is a fit candidate for the office of Vice President.
After the announcement of the candidature of Mr Naidu, the Prime Minister in a series of tweet said, he knows Mr Naidu for years and has always admired his hard work and tenacity.
He said, Mr Naidu, a farmer’s son, brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum. Mr Modi said, the years of Parliamentary experience Mr Naidu has, will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson.
Mr Naidu has been the National President of the Party from 2002 to 2004. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and was re-elected to the house in 2004, 2010and 2016. Mr Naidu, by profession, Agriculturist, Political and Social worker has been associated with Politics from his college days in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.
He also chaired Committee on Petitions and Committee on Home Affairs of the Rajya Sabha. Mr Naidu has also been Cabinet Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Government. Currently, he is holding charge of Urban Affairs and Information and Broadcasting. He will file his nomination paper tomorrow, which is the last date for filing the nominations.
The opposition has already declared the name of former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the post. The scrutiny will be held on Wednesday and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is 21st of this month. The polling will be held on the 5th of next month and counting will take place on the same day.
The Vice-President is elected by an electoral college comprising members of both the Houses of Parliament including nominated members. The term of incumbent Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari is ending on 10th of August this year.