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Venkaiah Naidu picked as NDA's vice-presidential candidate

BJP parliamentary board is meeting to pick the Vice-Presidential candidate. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 17, 2017, 01.18 PM (IST)

Information and Broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu was today picked as BJP-led NDA's Vice-Presidential candidate.

Naidu was picked in a meeting of the BJP parliamentary board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president AMit Shah.

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Venkaiah Naidu will be contesting against Gopalkrishna Gandhi who was jointly picked up by the opposition comprising 18 parties.

The Vice Presidential polls will be held on August 5 after the incumbent Hamid Ansari's term gets over. Ansari served as Vice President for two terms.

BJP is keen on having a Vice President from southern India where it wants to expand its footprint. Venkaiah Naidu comes from the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh. He has also served as the BJP president.

 

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