From Nellore to New Delhi: Here’s a Look at Venkaiah Naidu’s Political Journey


Venkaiah-NaiduFormer Union minister and NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu has been elected as the 15th vice-president of India. He pipped opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi to the post.

Here all you need to know about Venkaiah Naidu:

Full name: Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

Date of birth: 01/07/1949

Place of birth:
Chavatapalem, Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh

One son and one daughter

Educational qualifications:
BA, BL (educated at V.R. High School, Nellore; V.R. College, Nellore and Law College, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam)

Political Career

1971: President, Students’ Union, V.R. College, Nellore

1973-74: President, Students Union, Andhra University

1974: Convener, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Kshatra Sangharsh Samiti of Andhra Pradesh

1977-80: President, youth wing of Janata Party, Andhra Pradesh

1978-83 & 1983-85: Member, Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh

1980-83: Vice-President, youth wing of BJP

1980-85: Leader, BJP legislature party in Andhra Pradesh

1985-88: General Secretary, Andhra Pradesh state BJP

1988-93: President, Andhra Pradesh state unit of BJP

1993–2000: General Secretary, BJP

Secretary (i) BJP Parliamentary Board, & (ii) BJP Central Election Committee, and (iii) spokesperson, BJP

April 1998: elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka (1st term)

September 2000–June 2002: Union Minister of Rural Development

July 2002–October 2004: National President, BJP

January 2004–February 2004
: Member, Committee on External Affairs

June 2004: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka for second term

2006 onwards: Member, (i) BJP Parliamentary Board, and (ii) BJP Central Election Committee

June 2010: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka for third term

May 2014: Appointed Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs

June 2016: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan for fourth term