Wearing saffron, Naidu arrives in Parliament to file nomination for VP poll

Venkaiah Naidu also played a key role in the Presidential campaign recently and he was not aware about him stepping down as a Union minister. Naidu will file nomination at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. However the Telugu speaking states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have been left in shock after Venkaiah Naidu has been announced as NDA's Vice-Presidential candidate. The term of Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10.

Naidu, 68, had kept a low profile and been tight-lipped about the chances of him being the V-P nominee for the BJP. While K Venkata Ratnam led the movement from Vijayawada, Naidu took active part in the agitation in Nellore, until it was called off a year later. "I am happy being Usha's pati (husband of Usha)". "BJP has always been a mother to me", Naidu reportedly said at a meeting. "I do not belong to BJP now", he said.

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu felt that experienced Venkaiah Naidu is the only suitable candidate for the post. The BJP could not ignore south when it entertained ambitions in the region.

Naidu will continue as MP till the election process is not finished.

"Palaniswami extended his greetings to Naidu", it stated. The Rajya Sabha has 245 MPs and the Lok Sabha has 545 MPs and both elected as well as nominated members are eligible to cast their vote. His arguments for wresting advantages such as special status, a package of incentives and investments for the residual AP during the debate in the Rajya Sabha in 2014 drew praise and flak in equal measure.

While making the announcement, Shah recalled the vast parliamentary experience Naidu has gained in his political career since he joined politics in 1970. After Emergency, he was elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly in 1978 and was a legislator till 1985.

The regional party had supported NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election, polling for which was held on Monday. He has been a veteran party spokesperson, representing the BJP in various capacities, while elucidating on party positions on important issues. Sources also said that the PM had taken a serious view of reports alleging that Naidu's children had begun taking interest in UD ministry's projects. Within some decades, he was the BJP's best-known leader from southern India, one famous for witty one-liners.

Vanessa Coleman

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