New Delhi, July 18: NDA's Vice Presidential candidate, Venkaiah Naidu has filed his nomination papers today in the presence of PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and senior leaders of BJP and the heads of some other parties. Earlier, He has tendered his resignation from the post of Urban Development Minister and filed nomination papers.
After surprising everyone by naming Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as its President nominee, BJP is keen to put up a South Indian face as its Vice President candidate. Opposition, meanwhile, has selected Gopal Krishna Gandhi as their vice presidential candidate.
With Venkaiah Naidu resigning as the Union Minister to contest for Vice President's post, PM Narendra Modi has reshuffled his Cabinet. Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has been given Information & Broadcast Ministry, while Narendra Tomar was charged with additional responsibilities of Urban Development. After being dropped as HRD Minister, Irani now has two Ministries to her credit.