UP CM greets Naidu on his nomination for VP's post

UP CM greets Naidu on his nomination for VP's post”

"Venkaiah Naidu has a lot of experience".

A quick-witted and effective communicator steeped in RSS/BJP ideology, Venkaiah rose from the ranks to become the party President and a Union Minister. "I am happy being Usha's pati (wife Usha's husband)". Venkaiah Naidu comes from the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh. For the goal of selecting an experienced candidate who can run the Upper House more effectively, Naidu was probably named as the Vice-Presidential candidate by the NDA.

The scrutiny of nominations for the August 5 election will be on Wednesday.

But questions are being raised as to why Naidu has been picked for the post of Vice-President? "A fitting candidate for the office of Vice-President", Modi tweeted soon after Shah made the announcement. In the Modi cabinet, Naidu holds several important portfolios including Housing and Urban Development and Affairs Information and Broadcasting. Also, the party wanted to give a message to the people of southern states, two of which are going to polls next year.

Add to it the ease and friendship that Venkaiah Naidu shares with the opposition parties, the BJP may have just managed to win the respect, if not the silence of the opposition towards the chair in the Rajya Sabha. He is equally fluent in English, Telugu and Hindi, with a distinct South Indian accent. His name was announced former Bengal governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopal Gandhi was chosen as the Opposition pick for the post.

"I lost my mother at a very young age of one year and six months".

The contest for the post of Vice-President is a forgone conclusion as BJP-led NDA has requisite number in both the houses, with support from other regional parties.

"My party brought me up".

It was only a few weeks ago that Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, 67, stated categorically that he would never participate in vice-presidential elections "even if anyone compels me".

A lawyer by training, Naidu has been in active politics since his student days and was jailed during the Emergency. His talent for public speaking and articulating his thoughts attracted national attention.

Born on 1 July 1949 in Chavatapalem, a remote village in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu completed his graduation from VR College, Nellore.

"He broke down and said the party is like his mother, it would be hard for him to leave the BJP after so many decades", said sources close to the 68-year-old.

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