Venkaiah Naidu resigns as Union Minister

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi was announced as the Opposition's Vice Presidential candidate on Tuesday

Vice-Presidential Election 2017: NDA holds party executive meeting to discuss candidate [Photos]

The BJP Parliamentary Board which met here on Monday evening put the seal of approval unanimously on the name of Venkaiah Naidu, Union Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting Minister and a senior party leader to be the NDA's nominee for the election of the Vice President.

All members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, including nominated members, form the electoral college for electing the Vice President. And for this goal, no one is better than Venkaiah Naidu- Information and Broadcasting Minister.

India's beauty and strength lie in its parliamentary democratic system, Naidu said, adding that it would be his endeavour to strengthen this further. Given that Rajya Sabha would remain a site of potential conflict over the pending Bills, this crucial experience comes in Naidu's favour.

"Modi said the programme for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement €" launched by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August, 1942, to demand an end to British rule in India €" will be discussed in both houses by the government.

Gandhi was accompanied by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other eminent leaders of various political parties.

The BJP-led NDA's Vice President nominee however enjoys a clear edge over his opposition rival. He said he learnt the art of alliteration from Jagannath Rao Joshi, senior RSS pracharak and a front-ranking leader of the Jana Sangh and BJP.

Tracing his origins, Naidu said he was from a very ordinary, humble, agricultural background without any great family background. "I am now above party". It is painful to leave the party. From someone, who as a young party functionary used to make arrangements for Vajpayee's rallies, he became a leader who shared the dais with the Prime Minister. But destiny decided otherwise.

He has echoed the voice of Telugu people at the top and played a significant role in getting works done for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh and new state of Telangana. "I am not above the party". It's a new responsibility. "Never am I going to participate in vice-president elections even if anyone compels me", he had said.

He succeeded Jana Krishnamurthy as the national BJP president in 2002 and was elected unopposed for a full three-year term.

When photographers asked him to look left, Naidu known for sharp wit and one-liners, shot back: "Neither I am in Left, nor right. I am at the centre".

After the pomp and predictability of the presidential polls, parties are now gearing up to elect the Vice-President of India.

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