Venkaiah Naidu, the NDA pick for the post of Vice President filed his nomination papers on Tuesday. He arrived along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party President Amit Shah to the Parliament to file the papers.
Naidu also resigned from as Union minister of Information & Broadcasting and Urban Development. The additional charge of Ministry of Urban Development has been given to Narendra Tomar and of Ministry Information and Broadcasting to Smriti Irani. Smriti Irani is also the Union Textile Minister.
Earlier on Monday, the BJP Parliamentary Board announced Venkaiah Naidu as its nominee for the post of Vice President. Naidu is pitted against the Opposition's Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the vice-presidential elections that will take place on August.
A political veteran, Venkaiah Naidu is currently serving as a Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation as well as the Information and Broadcasting Minister. He has also held the portfolio of a Union Minister for rural development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government between September 2000 and June 2002.
Naidu is also a fourth term Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, being first elected in the Upper House in 1998. He was re-elected in 2004, 2010 and 2016. His extensive experience in the Rajya Sabha makes him a suitable pick for the ex-officio chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
Naidu has been a staunch believer of the BJP ideology and has always provided steadfast support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While NDA's Presidential nominee, Ramnath Kovind hails from north India, Venkaiah Naidu belongs to Andhra Pradesh in the south India.
His association with politics dates back to his student years in VR College where he completed his bachelor's degree in politics and diplomatic studies. He was a swayamsevak for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and joined BJP's youth wing ABVP in college.
Later when he acquired a degree in law from the Andhra University, he was made the President of the ABVP union of all colleges under Andhra University. His initial fame is accredited to his involvement in the Jai Andhra Movement in 1972.
Naidu was put behind bars under Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MIS) during the Emergency rule of Indira Gandhi from 1975-1977. He stepped into mainstream politics when he was elected as an MLA in Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978.
After being the state president for BJP's Andhra Pradesh unit from 1988 to 1993, he became the national general secretary of the party from 1993 to 2000.
Naidu is also a two-time BJP national party president, the first time between July-December in 2002 and the second time between January-December in 2004. He was also BJP's national spokesperson from 1996 till 2000.
He is a member of BJP's Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee since January 2006. He also served as a BJP vice president from April 2005 to January 2006.
The Vice-Presidential polls on August 5 will see a battle between Naidu and Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The counting will take place on the same day of the polls and the new Vice-President would take office after current VP Hamid Ansari term expiration on August 10.