Venkaiah Naidu is NDA’s choice for Vice President

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday announced that Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu is the NDA’s vice-presidential candidate.

Mr. Naidu is currently the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Information and Broadcasting.

The BJP Parliamentary Board met on Monday evening to announce Mr. Naidu’s candidature. The meeting was attended by all members, Mr. Shah said. Mr. Naidu, 68 and a former BJP President, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources said.

Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao’s name was also considered for the August 5 contest.

The last date for filing nomination papers for the vice-presidential election is Tuesday. The term of Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10.