M Venkaiah Naidu is NDA's Vice Presidential candidate

Who will be the BJP's pick for Vice President?

Who will be the BJP's pick for Vice President?

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, one of most recognisable faces in the BJP, is the NDA's vice presidential candidate, party president Amit Shah said on Monday.

Disclosing the information, BJP President Amit Shah told reporters after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board that a decision was arrived and Naidu has been unanimously nominated to be the NDA's Vice presidential candidate. Naidu eased out for non-performance At the same time, BJP sources said 68-year-old Naidu who belongs to Kamma caste from Andhra is not exactly Prime Minister Narendra Modi's favourite person.

The opposition has already declared former diplomat and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate.

Shah said Naidu had a humble beginning and hailed from a farmer's family.

Tuesday is the last date for filing of nominations. Parliamentarians from both the Houses vote in vice presidential election.

Perhaps this was the reason why the BJP was in no hurry to announce its V-P candidate, and waited for the Opposition to come up with its own first. After the defeat of the BJP led NDA in the 2004 general elections, he resigned from his post on 18 October 2004 and was succeeded by L.K. Advani.However, he has remained in the forefront of the BJP as one of its senior vice-presidents and an important campaigner.

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Those backing Gandhi must have hoped that the nature of their candidate might make the BJP, in an attempt to match its opponents choice, select a candidate who would also be considered from outside of politics and hence lead to a fight between equals and would make the possibility of cross voting an option. Naidu has been chosen for his familiarity with members of the Rajya Sabha and it is expected, that he will be able to ensure a smooth functioning of the House- he is a four-term member of the House.

The election for Vice-President is decided by the system of proportional representation, by means of a single transferable vote.

"Venkaiah is a senior political leader across party lines and is a senior leader of the BJP which he had been associated from his youth".

Venkaiah Naidu has always emerged as party's Sankat Mochak to resolve any crisis which the party had faced in past. In Andhra Pradesh, its vote share went up from 2.8 per cent to 8.5 per cent. CM Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana CM KCR have welcomed Venkaiah's name for the Vice-President post. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly attended the meeting.

The BJP President described him as the ideal choice, given his long political career and a parliamentary innings spanning 25 years.

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