Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Monday in a press conference announced Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu as National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for Vice Presidential poll.

The decision was announced after BJP’s parliamentary board meeting that was held earlier in the evening at party headquarters. 

Following the announcement, Party President Amit Shah said, “Venkaiah Naidu has a lot of experience, all NDA allies have welcomed this decision.” 

Earlier in the day, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who was also the former BJP President, had met PM Modi and spoke with BJP President Amit Shah.

Apart from Venkaiah Naidu’s name, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s name was also being considered for the Vice Presidential poll.  

While the election for Vice Presidential poll will take place on August 5, the last date for filing nomination papers for the is July 18 (Tuesday).

The term of country’s current Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, will end on August 10.