BJP Selects Firefighter Venkaiah Naidu as VP Candidate

She also underlined that the President and Vice-President are the constitutional heads of state and they are entrusted to discharge the duties of their offices in a manner that preserves, protects and defends both the Constitution and the law. Kovind's win against opposition candidate Meira Kumar is a foregone conclusion as the ruling coalition has secured the support of almost two-thirds of the electoral college, with some political parties even outside the NDA fold throwing in their weight behind him. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, tipped as among the frontrunners for the post as NDA candidate, today rejected the reports. He tried to put all speculations to rest, saying that whatever parliamentary board will decide, is going to be final.

Naidu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, separately, in the morning and they communicated to him the party's decision to back him for the post of the vice president.

Naidu will file his nomination at 11am Tuesday, Shah said.

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"I'm not aspiring to become anything, party finally decides about the candidature", he added.

A BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan, Naidu is a Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Information and Broadcasting.

Naidu has served twice as BJP President and has been a member of the Rajya Sabha for four terms. There are even names like Maharastra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao considered for the position of Vice-President.

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On the eve of the Presidential election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi called for a conscience vote to put "best minds" at the helm to preserve the idea of an inclusive, tolerant and pluralistic India.

Naidu also served as a minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

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There is no hurry at the moment. "We shouldn't be seeing again six months down the line doing something different", he added. The two front-runners for the post were former India captain Ravi Shastri and former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag.

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