New Delhi, Jul 17: BJP Parliamentary board today nominated senior BJP Leader and Union Minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu as NDA's official candidate for the post of Vice President. Speaking to the media after the Parliamentary board's meeting BJP supremo Amit Shah announced the unanimous decision of party’s apex body. The 68-year-old Naidu Will fight against the UPA’s Gopal Krishna Gandhi. Naidu will file his nomination papers tomorrow.
A prominent Telugu face of BJP, Naidu has served as national president from 2002 to 2004. Currently, he is holding the charge of key ministries like Housing, Urban Development, and Information and Broadcasting. Earlier he was given the responsibility of Parliamentary affairs. He was Union minister for rural development between September 30, 2000, and June 30, 2002, in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Born on July 1, 1949, in Chavatapalem under Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. He got married to M Usha on April 14, 1970. He has a son and a daughter. Venkaiah Naidu has done BA, BL and was educated at VR High School, Nellore; VR College, Nellore; and Law College, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.
He was elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly twice from Udayagiri constituency in Nellore district in 1978 and 1983.later he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and re-elected twice in 2004 and 2010 from the same state.