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NDA announces Venkaiah Naidu as its Vice-presidential candidate

Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Information and broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been finalized as the ruling NDA candidate for vice presidential poll and the announcement will be made on Monday evening, BJP sources have said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board met in the evening and announced Naidu’s candidature, according to the sources. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the meeting.

The 68-year-old Naidu, a former BJP president, met Modi and spoke with BJP president Amit Shah, the sources said.

Party sources said Naidu, who is currently serving as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation as well as Information and Broadcasting, had emerged as the frontrunner in the nomination for vice-president.

The vice-presidential election will be held on August 5 and the last date for filing of nominations is July 18.

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