New Delhi: The BJP Parliamentary Board announced the name of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu as its candidate for the upcoming Vice Presidential elections. He is pitted against Gopal Krishna Gandhi, who is the opposition UPA’s candidate for the polls.
The move is being seen as BJP’s chance to strengthen its base in Southern India.
“He has a career of over 25 years in politics. He has been chosen unanimously by the party. NDA allies have also extended their support,” Amit Shah announced in a press conference.
PM Narendra Modi also hailed Naidu in a series of tweets:
“I know @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President.”
“A farmer’s son, @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum.
“The years of Parliamentary experience @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu has will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson.”
Naidu, who was a front-runner for the post had been denying any development.
“I don’t aspire to be anything. Parliamentary Board will decide,” he had said prior to the meeting.