Born on 1 July 1949 in Nellore district of Indian state Andhra Pradesh as Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu and married to M. Usha in 1971, the politician is now a candidate for the post of Vice President of India.
Venkaiah Naidu is a prominent leader of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and between 2002 and 2004 he served as the national president of the party.
While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in politics and diplomatic studies at V.R. College he joined ABVP, the student movement of BJP, and was elected as president of students union of colleges affiliated to the Andhra University.
His Jai Andhra Movement in 1972 brought Naidu into spotlight. He led the agitation in Nellore.
During the Emergency period of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi he was imprisoned for protesting against it.
In 1998 Naidu was elected as a member of Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in the Indian Parliament and between 1996 and 2000 he served as party spokesperson.
Following the victory of NDA in 1999 general elections Naidu became Union Cabinet Minister for Rural development and pushed for reforms in Rural development.
He founded a social service organization named Swarna Bharath Trust, which runs school for poor, orphaned and special-needs children.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has named Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of vice-president.
Either of them will succeed Hamid Ansari.