C Times, 18 July 2017, Agartala
Information and Broadcasting Minister and senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu was on Monday was chosen as the ruling NDA’s candidate for the August 5 Vice Presidential election, bringing to an end the suspense over the ruling combine’s nominee for the second important constitutional post.
BJP President Amit Shah announced his candidature after a 90-minute meeting of the BJP’s Central Parliamentary Board chaired by President and attended by top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Venkaiah is a senior political leader across party lines and is a senior leader of BJP which he had been associated with his youth. He is the unanimous choice of the BJP and all the NDA constituents who have welcomed his candidature,” Shah told reporters after the meeting.
Two-time BJP president and former union Minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu filed his nomination for the Vice President’s election on Tuesday and said that he will hope to do justice to the office once chosen. Naidu resigned from his Ministerial responsibilities and filed the nomination in Parliament in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and party stalwarts Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was born on July 1st, 1949 at Chavatapalem, in the Nellore district of the Andhra Pradesh. He completed schooling from V.R. High School, Nellore and pursued his bachelor’s degree in politics and diplomatic studies from V.R. College. He acquires a bachelor’s degree in law with a specialisation in international law.
He was a swayamsevak in the Rashtriya Swayamasevak Sangh and joined ABVP during his college days. He came into the spotlight for his prominent role in the Jai Andhra Movement of 1972. In 1974 he became the convener of the anti-corruption Jayaprakash Narayan Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti of Andhra Pradesh. From 1977-80, he was president of its youth wing.
Both as a student leader and political figure, Naidu gained prominence as a brilliant orator, who vigorously championed the cause of the farmer and the development of backwards areas. His oratory skills and political activism propelled his political career and he was elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly twice from Undayagiri Constituency in Nellore district in 1978 and 1983.
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. He has since been re-elected twice in 2004 and 2010 from Karnataka.
He served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the Modi Ministry. A prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has also served as its national president from 2002 to 2004. Earlier, he was the union cabinet Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
After filed his nomination for the Vice President’s election, he said, “I had told my colleagues that I want to see PM Modi come back again in 2019 and then I will call it off and join social service. But, destiny decided otherwise. Finally, after discussion, I have agreed. I have withdrawn myself from the party.”