Vice Presidential Election 2017 Live Updates: NDA nominee Venkaiah Naidu and opposition-backed Gopalkrishna Gandhi will file nomination today in New Delhi. The vice presidential election is scheduled to be held on August 5. Former Union Minister and veteran politician Naidu was nominated by BJP yesterday. Gandhi’s name was approved unanimously on July 11 at a meeting of 18 opposition parties, including JD(U), chaired by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had described 68-year-old Naidu as a farmer’s son who brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum. Gandhi has said the Opposition in India is a very large entity and 18 parties have asked him to be their candidate.
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7:45 PM: NDA Vice Presidential nominee is Venkaiah Naidu where as the Opposition candidate is GopalKrishna Gandhi.
7:10 PM: The Vice-Presidential elections are scheduled to be held on August 5
6:10 PM: Responding to the resignation UP minister S. Sharma said,”Mayawati ka UP ko aage badhane mein koi sahyog nahi raha hai. Shaant pradesh mein ashaanti failane ki koshish na karein.”
5:20 PM: As per the ANI report she said,”Jab satta paksh mujhe apni baat rakhne ka bhi samay nahi de raha hai toh mera isteefa dena hi theek hai.”
5:10 PM: According to ANI, BSP supremo Mayawati resigns from Rajya Sabha.
3:30 PM: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow.
3:00 PM: Meanwhile, Smriti Irani has taken additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry
2:35 PM: As the first Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Modi government, Naidu had defended the prime minister and the government whenever the opposition targeted them in both the houses of Parliament.
2:30 PM: He had also ensured high political outreach by meeting Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi when there was a standoff between the government and the opposition in Parliament.
2:25 PM: Several major legislations were cleared by Parliament when he was Parliamentary Affairs Minister, including the historic Real Estate Act and fast forwarding of the GST Bill.
2:20 PM: Known for coining acronyms, Naidu termed the mission of the Modi Government as ‘MODI- Making of Developed India’ which had become the official line of the Centre in its public outreach campaign on the occasion of three years of being in office.
2:15 pm: The NDA’s vice president candidate M Venkaiah Naidu today met BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Mahonar Joshi before his filing papers, a government official said.
2:10 pm: Advani and Joshi are members of the BJP’s margdarshak mandal.
2:06 pm: People’s faith in politics has diminished, collapsed. I would like to see a revival of that, says Opposition VP nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
2:00 pm: It has been learned that BJP Parliamentary Party meeting to be held tomorrow at Parliament.
1:55 pm: Yes I had also written to Pakistan PM demanding that he should not hang Kulbhushan Jadhav, says GopalKrishna Gandhi
1:53 pm: I believe death penalty belongs to the medieval ages,Its wrong. My views inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr.Ambedkar, says Gandhi.
1:50 pm: The Congress was represented by senior leaders such as president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh as well as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge as the former West Bengal governor filed his papers in the parliament complex.
1:47 pm: Also present were other opposition leaders, including 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.
1:45 pm: We are living in times of division. This spells danger for our future, not only for politics but for the nation, says Gandhi.
1:42 pm: Not here to oppose any person or party, here with all humility to place before electors, the aspirations of citizens, says Gandhi.
1:40 pm: I am an ordinary citizen, and I am not associated with any party. My views are my own, says GopalKrishna Gandhi
1:23 pm: NDA Vice Presidential nominee Venkaiah Naidu has met Smriti Irani in Parliament.
1:17 pm: As Minister of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, which was recently merged as Housing and Urban Affairs, Naidu pioneered the launch of several new urban missions, including the Smart City Mission, Atal Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Housing for All.
1:13 pm: As Rural Development Minister, Naidu was instrumental in launching the hugely popular ‘Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’.
1:09 pm: The BJP’s Parliamentary Board had yesterday picked Naidu as the NDA’s vice presidential nominee.
1:05 pm: The senior BJP leader resigned as Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting minister hours before he filed his nomination papers.
1:00 pm: Prime Minister Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and several top leaders of the NDA were among those who proposed and seconded Naidu’s candidature in the several sets of nomination papers filed in his favour.
12:55 pm: If he feels good supporting the one who signed mercy petition of Yakub Memon first, we don’t have any objection: Dharmendra Pradhan on Naveen Patnaik supporting Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
12:52 pm: PM had requested opp leaders including CM Patnaik to support Venkaiahji. He took his own political decision, congratulations to him says Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan
12:48 pm: I will be continuing as MP because there is voting also, says NDA Vice Presidential nominee Venkaiah Naidu.
12:43 pm: Gopalkrishna Gandhi has filed nomination in presence of top opposition leaders like Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, JD(U) Sharad Yadav and others.
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Gopalkrishna Gandhi files nomination for Vice Presidential election in presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, VP Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/j3QMdTwuAp
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 18, 2017
12:41 pm: Destiny decided otherwise.Finally after discussion, I have agreed. I have withdrawn myself from party, do not belong to BJP now, says NDA nominee Naidu.
12:38 pm: Had told my colleagues that I want to see PM Modi come back again in 2019 and then I will call it off and join social service: Venkaiah
12:35 pm: Painful to leave the party, feeling emotional at this juncture, says Venkaiah Naidu.
12:33 pm: On being elected I will uphold traditions, standards set by the worthy predecessors and maintain dignity of office, says Venkaiah Naidu.
12:31 pm: Lost my mother at a very young age, treated my party as my mother and they brought me up to this level, says Venkaiah Naidu.
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I have withdrawn myself from the party. I don’t belong to BJP now: M Venkaiah Naidu, NDA’s VP nominee pic.twitter.com/vUqYuND69j
— News18 (@CNNnews18) July 18, 2017
12:29 pm: I have resigned from Council of Ministers,conveyed to Prime Minister and sent a letter too last night, says Venkaiah Naidu.
12:27 pm: India’s strength and beauty lies in Parliamentary democratic system. It will be my endeavor to strengthen that further, says Naidu.
12:25 pm: Office of Vice President is a different profile, has its functional norms. Hope I will be able to do justice, says Venkaiah Naidu.
12:20 pm: I am grateful to PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, BJP stalwarts and other parties which have backed my candidature. Looking to do justice to the nomination, says Naidu.
12:18 pm: Venkaiah Naidu said he is honoured to be nominated for VP post.
12:16 pm: Venkaiah Naidu addresses media.
12:15 pm: From a humble agricultural family of Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, Naidu is known for his oratory. A two-term member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Naidu was never a member of the Lok Sabha.
12:10 pm: He was however elected to the Rajya Sabha three times from Karnataka and currently represents Rajasthan in the Upper House of Parliament.
12:05 pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.
12:03 pm: This is the reason I have decided to quit from Rajya Sabha, I am not being heard, not allowed to speak, says Mayawati.
12:00 pm: When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak. Why?: Mayawati.
11:57 am: BJD extends support to Opposition Vice Presidential candidate GopalKrishna Gandhi, says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
11:55 am: “I will resign from Rajya Sabha”, says Mayawati after being asked to wrap up her impromptu speech on Saharanpur anti-Dalit violence.
11:50 am: On my way to file my nomination for Vice Presidential polls with a sense of respect and gratitude towards citizens of India, says GopalKrishna Gandhi
11:45 am: In Rajya Sabha, BSP chief Mayawati says, “Let me speak or I will resign”.
11:42 am: The ruling TRS in Telangana would support the candidature of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for the vice president’s post, TRS MP B Vinod Kumar has said.
11:38 am: I thank Sh Thambidurai and MPs from AIADMK for extending their warm wishes and support, tweets NDA Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu.
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Venkaiah Naidu files nomination for Vice Presidential poll; PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other NDA leaders present pic.twitter.com/2pisxUigUq
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) July 18, 2017
11:34 am: Venkaiah Naidu files nomination for Vice Presidential poll; PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other NDA leaders are present.
11:28 am: Meanwhile, Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon as opposition protests over several issues, including farmers’ plight and cow slaughter.
11:25 am: The position of the vice president, like that of the president, is largely ceremonial under constitution, in which the prime minister and his Cabinet colleagues wield executive power.
11:20 am: PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and other NDA leaders reach Parliament to file nomination of Vice President candidate Venkaiah Naidu
11:15 am: Naidu is pitted against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who was chosen by an alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, but his election is almost inevitable due to the NDA’s huge numerical superiority over the opposition.
11:10 am: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has hailed the choice of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu as the NDA candidate for the vice president’s post.
11:05 am: The nomination two time BJP President is seen as part of the saffron party’s attempts to expand in south India, which has been identified by Shah as a key region for growth before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
11:02 am: Smriti Irani currently holds Textiles ministry.
11:00 am: Venkaiah Naidu resigns as Union minister, additional charge of Ministry of Urban Development given to Narendra Tomar, I&B to Smriti Irani, tweeted PMO.
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The additional charge of the Ministry of I&B has been given to @smritiirani.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 18, 2017
10:57 am: Venkaiah Naidu tweeted that he was happy that Mulayam Singh blessed me and extended his full support.
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Happy that Sh Mulayam Singh ji blessed me and extended his full support
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) July 18, 2017
10:55 am: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has announced support of the AIADMK faction led by him for National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Vice Presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu.
10:52 am: According to PTI report, the original plan was for Gandhi to file the papers yesterday but it was delayed by a day in view of the presidential election.
10:48 am: The JD-U had broken ranks with the opposition on the presidential election when it decided to support the ruling NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Gopalkrishna Gandhi will also start his campaign soon after filing his nomination.
10:45 am: Earlier in the day, NDA Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu met veteran BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani.
10:43 AM: Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Parliament to file nomination.
10:40 AM: It has been learned that Gopalkrishna Gandhi will file his nomination papers in the presence of top Congress leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.
10:37 AM: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, whose candidature was endorsed by 18 non-NDA parties, including the JD-U, will also be accompanied by top opposition leaders, including those from the Left parties and TMC. “I will file my nomination papers on Tuesday,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
10:35 AM: According to PTI report, the original plan was to file the papers yesterday but it was delayed by a day in view of the presidential election.
10:30 AM: His name was earlier approved unanimously on July 11 at a meeting of 18 opposition parties chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, which was also attended by the JD-U.