Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu Ruling NDA’s Choice For Vice-President

The Union Minister has been declared as candidate of the BJP-led NDA for the Vice-President’s post. He will be opposed by Gopalkrishna Gandhi of the united Opposition.

New Delhi: Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been declared as the nominee of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. His name got picked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from among the two names in circulation on Monday, the other being his party colleague Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

What swung the dice in Venkaiah Naidu’s favour is BJP leadership’s assertion that the next Vice-President be from the South, where BJP is weak, except in Karnataka. A Southern nominee could also be a scoring point in winning elections to the Karnataka State Assembly, where elections are due next year. Naidu’s name was also backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, whose approval is essential for a BJP leader for key posts. RSS had likewise favoured Ram Nath Kovind for the post of the President, who had been its member in his initial days.

The Union Minister had served as an RSS foot soldier as a youth and even participated in its shakhas. He later went on to become an ABVP leader and then was elected to the unified AP State Assembly as an MLA. He was the Union Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Behari Vajpayee Government.

Venkaiah Naidu’s equations with different party leaders, especially those of the Opposition, came as another added point in his favour. More so, the Vice-President is also Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, in which BJP and its allies are in a minority. A person with consummate skills and nuanced approach is required for controlling the Rajya Sabha, a skill the Union Minister possesses in abundance.

Incidentally, he is a member of the Rajya Sabha, representing Rajasthan. He was nominated from that State by BJP on May 29, 2017, and got elected successfully.

Venkaiah Naidu has also served a term as the All India BJP President from 2002. He will be tendering his resignation as Union Minister on Monday night itself and file his nomination for the Vice-Presidentship on Tuesday.

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