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The last date for filing nomination papers for the Vice Presidential election is Tuesday. According to PTI, this is the first such joint outreach to be attended by all Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs of non-NDA political parties organised in the Parliament annex.

Shah said that Naidu is "among the senior most leaders in India across party lines". In the Modi cabinet, Naidu holds several important portfolios including Housing and Urban Development and Affairs Information and Broadcasting.

Shah went on to say why Naidu deserves candidature of this post.

The fact that Naidu is from South India could also be a deciding factor. Even before his nomination as vice-presidential candidate for the BJP and the NDA, he had said: "I neither want to become rashtrapati (President), nor do I want to become uprashtrapati (vice-president)".

Venkaiah Naidu will be contesting against Gopalkrishna Gandhi who was jointly picked up by the opposition comprising 18 parties.

Particularly, for TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, it must be a big shock, as Venkaiah has been his virtual right hand.

Incumbent Vice President Hamid Ansari's term ends on August 10.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi cast their votes for the Presidential election on Monday.

Naidu's victory seems to be a foregone conclusion as he has a clear lead over Opposition nominee Gopal Krishna Gandhi in an electoral college consisting of 790 parliamentarians.

She also underlined that the President and Vice-President are the constitutional heads of state and they are entrusted to discharge the duties of their offices in a manner that preserves, protects and defends both the Constitution and the law.


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