Naidu Files Nomination For Vice-Presidential Election
New Delhi: BJP-led NDA’s Vice-Presidential Candidate M Venkaiah Naidu filed his nomination on Tuesday for contesting the forthcoming election for the second highest post in India.
He was flanked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and party seniors LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Elections for the post will be held on August 5.
Speaking to media after filing his nomination, Naidu said that he was honoured to be a candidate for the Vice-President of India. Saying that the office of Vice-President is a different profile, he expressed hope that he will be able to do justice. His active engagement with public life for over four decades will come handy for him. He expressed confidence that he will be able to uphold the traditions and standards set up by his worthy predecessors and maintain the dignity of the office on being elected. More: What Were The Reasons That Made Venkaiah Naidu VP Candidate?
Naidu got emotional recalling his past and said he lost his mother at a very young age. He treated the party as his mother. He said that “It is painful to leave the party; feeling emotional at this juncture.”
In fact, when his name was doing the rounds for the post of President, Naidu had made it clear that he did not want to quit active politics. But the party seems to have changed his mind.
“I had told my colleagues that I want to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi come back again in 2019 before calling off politics and joining social service. But destiny decided it otherwise. Finally, after discussions, I have agreed for the Vice-President’s post. I have withdrawn myself from the party. I do not belong to the BJP now,” he said. More: Will Smriti Irani Come Back With A Bang?
A three-time Rajya Sabha MP, Naidu is one of the most popular faces in BJP and also close to top BJP leaders.
He was showered with appreciation by Narendra Modi who described Naidu as a farmer’s son with decades of experience in public life and having admirers cutting across party lines.
Meanwhile, Naidu will continue as MP till the election process is not completed.
According to Constitutional norms, the Vice-President cannot hold any other public office and has to disassociate himself from political parties. More: A Move To Immobilize Venkaiah Naidu?