Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the BJP after being picked as the NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate. In a press conference, after filing nomination papers, Naidu said it was ‘painful’ for him to resign from the BJP.
“I used to enjoy working among the people, working for the party. I lost my mother at a very young age….Then, I treated my party as my mother…they have really brought me up, up to this level. So it was really a little painful to leave the party, that’s why I got a little emotional.” Naidu said.
He also spoke about what his plans were for the party before he was picked as NDA’s nominee for the post of Vice President.
“I had already made up my mind and I had told my colleagues that I want to see to it that Narendra Modi comes back once again in 2019…then I’ll call it off and join the social service….But destiny decided otherwise,” explained Naidu, who held the portfolios of Information & Broadcast and Urban Development in the Modi cabinet.
But Naidu also promised to rise above party politics and uphold the dignity of the institution of the Vice President.
“I have withdrawn myself from the party. I am now above party and I do not belong to the BJP now… On being elected I will uphold the traditions and standards set by worthy predecessors and uphold the dignity of the Vice President of India,” he said.
“I will uphold the dignity, the decorum of the institution and also work towards further strengthening parliamentary democratic system,” he added.