NDA declares Venkaiah Naidu as its candidate for Vice-Presidential poll

Violet Powell
July 17, 2017

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the Opposition candidate for the Vice-Presidential election had said that he will file nomination on 18th July.

Vice Presidential election 2017: Union minister Venkaiah Naidu has been named as the NDA pick in a meeting attended by all the senior members of the alliance today in Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind "in advance" and assured him of his government's support, a day before the election to the top constitutional post.

Mr Naidu has been the National President of the Party from 2002 to 2004.

A BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, Naidu is a Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Information and Broadcasting.

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A graduate in law, Naidu has also been a member and chairperson of several parliamentary committees and is well-versed with the functioning of Parliament. Even before his nomination as vice-presidential candidate for the BJP and the NDA, he had said: "I neither want to become rashtrapati (President), nor do I want to become uprashtrapati (vice-president)".

Naidu has been associated with the RSS's student wing in his early days, and also served as the president of Andhra University Student's Union.

The opposition has already declared the name of former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi for the post. The term of Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10. The electoral college for the August 5 election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament.

Naidu was first elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative, twice from Nellore's Udayagiri Constituency in 1978 and 1983.

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