The reports that the Bharatiya Janata Party top leadership has chose to nominate union minister for information and broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu as the NDA candidate for the Vice President of India post has sent panic waves among the Telugu Desam Party.
"The BJP Parliamentary Board unanimously chose Venkaiah Naidu as our Vice-Presidential candidate and all NDA allies have welcomed this decision". Naidu, one of the senior most BJP leader and the Union minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, is from Andhra Pradesh and had been based in Hyderabad.
The UPA led opposition parties have already declared Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal Governor and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as it nominee for the Vice President election.
Naidu, who faces Oppo-sition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, will file his nomination for election to Vice-President post on Tuesday morning. The last date of filing nominations is tomorrow.
But the party leaders had other ideas for him.
The ruling bloc enjoys an overwhelming majority in the electoral college and BJP has expressed confidence about garnering anywhere between 500 and 550 votes.
They said that the seal of ballot boxes will be opened on Aug 20 in the presence of representatives of the two candidates and the observers of the poll panel.
M Venkaiah Naidu's dramatic proclamation did not surprise his BJP colleagues because it was coming for a while. He has hands full of experience in various departments and he essayed various roles all these years BJP was in power.
Back in 2002, Naidu succeeded K Jana Krishnamurthy as the BJP president after resigning from the post of rural development minister. He has been MP of the Rajya Sabha for four terms. The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this election only the 790 members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including the nominated members, can cast their vote.
Shah's emphasis on Venkaiah's southern origins underlined the "cowbelt party's" ambitions for expansion into the region, where it performed better than ever in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and then subsequently opened its account in Kerala. In Karnataka, the BJP won 17 seats. The BJP-led NDA has sufficient numbers in Parliament to take him past the post.