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NDA Vice-President Nominee Venkaiah Naidu: Everything you Need to Know

The veteran BJP leader is currently a minister in the Union cabinet.

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Updated:July 17, 2017, 8:21 PM IST
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NDA Vice-President Nominee Venkaiah Naidu: Everything you Need to Know
File photo of M Venkaiah Naidu.
BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu has been appointed as ruling NDA’s nominee for the vice-president’s post.

The veteran BJP leader is currently a minister in the Union cabinet.

Here is everything you need to know about the leader:

- Full name: Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

- Date of birth: 01/07/1949

- Place of birth: Chavatapalem, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh

- Children: one son and one daughter

- Educational qualifications: BA, BL (educated at V.R. High School, Nellore; V.R. College, Nellore and Law College, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam)

Political Career

- 1971: President, Students’ Union, V.R. College, Nellore

- 1973-74: President, Students Union, Andhra University

- 1974: Convener, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Kshatra Sangharsh Samiti of Andhra Pradesh

- 1977-80: President, youth wing of Janata Party, Andhra Pradesh

- 1978-83 & 1983-85: Member, Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh

- 1980-83: Vice-President, youth wing of BJP

- 1980-85: Leader, BJP legislature party in Andhra Pradesh

- 1985-88: General Secretary, Andhra Pradesh state BJP

- 1988-93: President, Andhra Pradesh state unit of BJP

- 1993 –2000: General Secretary, BJP

- 1996 – 2000: Secretary (i) BJP Parliamentary Board, & (ii) BJP Central Election Committee, and (iii) spokesperson, BJP

- April 1998: elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka (1st term)

- 2000 (Sept) –2002 (June): Union Minister of Rural Development

- 2002 (July) – 2004 (Oct): National President, BJP

- 2004 (Jan) – 2004 (Feb): member, Committee on External Affairs

- June 2004: re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka (2nd term)

- 2006 onwards member, (i) BJP Parliamentary Board, and (ii) BJP Central Election Committee

- June 2010: re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka (3rd term)

- 26 may 2014: Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs.

- June, 2016 – re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan (4th term)


Why Venkaiah Naidu made a cut among other BJP choices for Vice-President

- Has a socialist roots.

- is PM Modi’s fan boy.

- Has served in every position in the BJP from the youth wing to the party’s president.

- Will help BJP make foray in south especially Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

- His nomination would balance the regional factor

- Has a long administrative experience has served in the Vajpayee ministry as well

- Shares good rapport with opposition leaders

- He has four times experience in the Rajya and as Vice President will act as an ex-officio chairperson of the Rajya Sabha

- Is 5th in the seniority list after PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
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