When Venkaiah Naidu wanted to quit Rajya Sabha, BJP but Amit Shah stopped him

By: | Published: August 9, 2017 6:34 PM

Vice President-elect Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday revealed that he wanted to resign as a Rajya Sabha MP and also give up his party membership along with his post as Union ministry.

Venkaiah Naidu, Venkaiah Naidu VP elect, Venkaiah Naidu Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu BJP, Venkaiah Naidu Union Ministry, Amit Shah, Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, vice President of India, VP IndiaVice President-elect Venkaiah Naidu. (Photo: Reuters)

Vice President-elect Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday revealed that he wanted to resign as a Rajya Sabha MP and also give up his party membership along with his post as Union ministry. Naidu, who served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting before being chosen as BJP’s candidate for Vice President, during an informal interaction with media said that Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah prevented him from leaving every thing, according to The Hindu.

Recalling the incident, Naidu said he usually considers himself “sharp” but the brains of party president Amit Shah is “sharper” and he prevented him from doing what he intended to. Naidu wanted to quit as a Rajya Sabha MP, give up the membership of Bharatiya Janata Party along with his Union Ministry but he did not do so when Shah told him that he could cast his vote in the Vice-Presidential election.

Earlier in the day, Naidu said he should not talk about politics in his new responsibility, but that does not mean he should not raise issues concerning the people, according to PTI. He was quoted as saying, “I should not talk about politics in this responsibility (vice-president). Not supposed to speak (politics) and I am not going to speak also. It does not mean one should not speak about issues concerning people’s lives and what is good for people.” As chairperson of Rajya Sabha, Naidu said he would strive to see that the House takes up constructive debates. He said he would try to see that all members, including those from the opposition, also get a chance to speak, according to PTI.

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