Presidential poll: Modi reaches out to JD(U)

19 July, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao

Mr. Naidu's role, as Union Minister for Urban Development, in the execution of Chennai Metro Rail came in for appreciation from Jayalalithaa in July previous year, while commissioning work on the Tiruvottiyur-WIMCO Nagar section. AIADMK, TRS, YRCP, INLD are among some other parties who have already pledged their support to Naidu.

The United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal Governor and Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, filed his nomination papers earlier in the day.

For emotional Naidu, the destiny won and former party president from Andhra Pradesh had to "withdraw" from the BJP to contest for the constitutional post.

The announcement is likely to be made in the evening today after a key BJP Parliamentary Board meeting.

"The Rajya Sabha has a number political heavyweights - P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Digvijay Singh, Kapil Sibal etc., in the Congress; Ram Gopal Yadav in SP; Mayawati in BSP, etc".


The group is also the ideological parent of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP, which controls enough seats in federal and state legislatures to push its favored candidate.

Yesterday, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had questioned the opposition's decision to field Gandhi as its candidate in the Vice Presidential poll, saying "he had tried to save bombing plotter Memon". Shah further described Naidu as a successful minister in the Modi government and added that he is handling the Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting ministries.

BJP is keen on having a Vice President from southern India where it wants to expand its footprint.

The electoral college for the election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament. He was picked by the ruling NDA candidate for the upcoming vice-presidential election 2017, which is scheduled to be held on August 5. who has always been at the forefront of all issues BJP raised, brings with him a great experience and a political career full of achievements. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and was re-elected to the house in 2004, 2010 and 2016. He was first elected as an MLA in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 1978, and was part of the Jana Sangh movement. For someone who has been the president of BJP both at National and State level, Vankaiah Naidu manages to sense what the party needs to do to leave an impression in places that are historically not its bastion.

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