Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is the BJP's choice for Vice Presidential candidate against opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
The decision was taken by BJP chief Amit Shah announced the decision after a meeting of top BJP leaders headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening. Naidu will file his nomination on Tuesday for the 5 August election.
"BJP Parliamentary Board unanimously chose Venkaiah Naidu as our vice-presidential candidate and all NDA allies have welcomed this decision. He has also accepted the nomination," BJP president Amit Shah said at a press conference after the meeting.
The union minister has assisted and accompanied NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind during his campaign in various states.
The BJP is keen to have a vice-presidential candidate representing one of the southern states, where it wants to strengthen its presence.
Modi soon after the selection was made tweeted that Naidu is a fitting candidate for the Vice-President's post. I know M Venkaiah Naidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President,” he tweeted.
“The years of Parliamentary experience M Venkaiah Naidu Garu will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson,” Modi added.