Venkaiah Naidu likely to be NDA's vice-presidential candidate

Kumar, Gandhi to hold session with non-NDA parties

Kumar, Gandhi to hold session with non-NDA parties

Once Venkaiah becomes the Vice President, decks would be cleared for the YSR Congress party to forge an alliance with the BJP.

The reports that the Bharatiya Janata Party top leadership has made a decision to nominate union minister for information and broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu as the NDA candidate for the Vice President of India post has sent panic waves among the Telugu Desam Party. The BJP will appoint an insider for the post.

Naidu will be contesting against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, + a joint candidate of the 18 opposition parties, for the vice presidential polls.

Naidu has been a staunch believer of the BJP ideology and has always provided steadfast support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Venkaiah Naidu was elected first to the Rajya Sabha in April 1998. He has also served as the BJP president.

Janata Dal-United, which is supporting ruling NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election but Gandhi for vice president, did not attend the meeting. Naidu fits the bill as he hails from the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh (that has now been bifurcated into two states) and is also connected to Tamil Nadu. He stepped into mainstream politics when he was elected as a MLA in Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978.

He is a member of BJP's Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee since January 2006. He is now the Information and Broadcasting Minister in the Narendra Modi government. "Whatever Parliamentary Board decides is final", the Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs who also holds the charge of Information & Broadcasting Ministry, said.

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