Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was born on 1 July 1949 in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. As he is all set to become the third vice-president from Andhra after S Radhakrishnan and V V Giri, here are 5 interesting facts about the BJP leader.
Campus politics was Venkaiah Naidu's "way in" to the Sangh fold. He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) during his student days in Nellore's VR College, and became the President of the Student's Union in 1971. He also became the University Union President of Andhra University in 1973.
Venkaiah Naidu was the seventh person to be elected as the national President of the Bharitaya Janata Party. However, he is placed eighth in the list as L K Advani held the post twice. Naidu was the second from Andhra Pradesh, and third from south India to be so. He was preceded by K Jana Krishnamurthy from Tamil Nadu and Bangaru Laxman from Andhra as the national chief of the party.
One is not likely to find many advocates of 'Hindi for national language' campaign from South India like Naidu. He has addressed many mass gatherings throughout the country in Hindi, representing the party.
His tenure as the BJP national president ended in 2004 when he resigned the post following the party's defeat in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. L K Advani was elected the new party president for the third time following Naidu's exit.
The veteran's political career includes four terms in Rajya Sabha; thrice representing Karnataka and once from Rajasthan. He was the Rural Development Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee - led NDA government, before handling Parliamentary Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, and Urban Development in the Narendra Modi government.