NDA Vice Presidential nominee Venkaiah Naidu and the Opposition’s VP candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, both filed their nomination papers on Tuesday morning.
Naidu filed his papers in the Parliament House in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. Several other union ministers and senior BJP leaders were also part of the delegation accompanying Naidu.
BJP’s Parliamentary Board picked Naidu as it’s VP candidate on Monday evening.
“I know @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President…The years of Parliamentary experience @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson,” the Prime Minister tweeted in praise of Naidu after the meeting.
The Opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, also filed nomination papers in the presence of top Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh among others.
Gandhi, whose candidature was endorsed by 18 non-NDA parties, including the JD(U), was also be accompanied by top opposition leaders.
JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, NCP’s Tariq Anwar and Praful Patel, NC’s Farooq Abdullah and DMK’s Kanimozhi had accompanied Gandhi.
Today was the final day to file nominations. The scrutiny of nominations will take place on July 19. Voting takes place on August 5 and counting of votes will also be held on the same day after voting.
The electoral college for the election consists of 790 MPs belonging to the two chambers of Parliament.
Naidu has a clear lead in the electoral contest as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has a combined strength of 410 MPs in both Houses of Parliament.