Presidential polls: BJP leaders, allies, congratulate Venkaiah Naidu on nomination

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, M Venkaiak Naidu is a fit candidate for the office of Vice President.

After a heated presidential poll on Monday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board will meet in Delhi at 6 pm to decide on NDA's vice presidential candidate.

After the announcement of the candidature of Mr Naidu, the Prime Minister in a series of tweet said, he knows Mr Naidu for years and has always admired his hard work and tenacity.

Voting for the V-P elections will be held on August 5 and counting of votes will be held the same day.

The Congress had been looking to score a victory in at least the vice-presidential election and hence fielded a candidate whose Gandhi surname they could use to stir old feelings of loyalty in its voter base. Naidu will now file his nomination papers tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also expressed his best wishes to Naidu and asserted that he will do justice to the post if given the opportunity.

M Venkaiah Naidu is most likely to be the next vice-president of India.

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Given that he's now the BJP's choice to contest the vice-presidential polls, it's obvious that this is a party decision that the leader had to accept keeping his own political aspirations aside.

Besides the senior BJP leaders, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the Telugu Desam Party and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam have also pledged their support to Naidu.

All members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, including nominated members, form the electoral college for electing the Vice President. Party sources said BJP's Andhra unit also had complaints against Naidu as he was seen as someone not allowing the party to grow because of his close ties with TDP chief and state chief minister Chandrababu Naidu- as they both belong to the same community.

Not that the decision upset Naidu because he was an integral part of the Advani-headed core team that dominated the BJP's policy-and-decision-making apparatuses for years.

He is a member of BJP's Parliamentary Board and Central Election Committee since January 2006.

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. The term of incumbent Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari is ending on 10th of August this year.

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