NDA’s Vice-Presidential Candidate To Be Named Within A Few Hours
New Delhi: Names of Maharashtra Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu have emerged on top of the list of those being considered for the post of Vice-President by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.
Speculations are rife that the post will go to a South Indian, as the Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind is from the North. A point in favour of this is that BJP wants to strengthen its base within the South, where it is weak, except in Karnataka. A southern nominee could even be a scoring point in winning elections to the Karnataka State Assembly, scheduled next year.
Vidyasagar Rao is expected to bag the nomination, as Venkaiah Naidu’s services are required for the fire-fighting operations on behalf of BJP and the NDA. Naidu’s ability in successfully putting forward arguments and counter-arguments and defending the government and party are well known. More: Polling For President’s Election Begins
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also does not want to spare his senior Cabinet colleague, who has been a senior leader with a lot of experience. Naidu’s equations with different party leaders, especially those of the Opposition, can also be of use in times of crises.
Amidst all these speculations, BJP might even spring up a surprise by announcing a different name.
NDA leaders, including the Prime Minister, are expected to meet soon after the ongoing elections for the President are over today to decide on the name of the Vice-Presidential candidate.