Hyderabad, July 17
The YSR Congress Party on Monday announced its support to NDA vice-presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Party President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy conveyed this to BJP President Amit Shah when the latter telephoned him, seeking YSRCP's support.
YSRCP, the main and lone opposition party in Andhra Pradesh, supported NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President in the election held on Monday.
According to a statement from YSRCP, Jaganmohan Reddy told Amit Shah that he had always taken a stand that the election for the constitutional posts like President, Vice-President and Speaker should be unanimous so that the persons holding these posts are not seen as representatives of any party.
Jaganmohan Reddy also conveyed to Shah that his party would also extend its support to Venkaiah Naidu as he is a Telugu.
Venkaiah Naidu hails from Andhra Pradesh's Nellore.
Yogi Adityanath greets Naidu on being named NDA nominee for VP's post
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday greeted union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on being named the vice-presidential candidate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
This decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Board was a matter of pride for farmers and other sections of the society, he said.
Expressing happiness at the decision, the Chief Minister recalled how Naidu has led a long public life and discharged his duties both in the organisation and the government ably and responsibly.
"With the great work he has done in the rural development sector, his naming as the VP candidate is a great honour for the rural people and farmers," Yogi said in a statement released by his office.
With his personality and able leadership, the Chief Minister stated, Naidu was popular all across the country, including north India.
"Known for his oratorial skills, Naidu's love, despite being from south, for the Hindi language is also well known," the Chief Minister noted.
YSR Congress to back Venkaiah Naidu for Vice President
Hyderabad, July 17