Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

How ‘Kabaddi’ Led M Venkaiah Naidu To Vice-President Candidate

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Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has walked a long way since 1963 when he showed his interest to play national game Kabaddi. He came in associated with the RSS then and this led him to the local Sangh group. Thereafter in his childhood he played the game regularly in his neighborhood.

The 68-year-old joined ABVP in 1967 and then rose up to national president of the Sangh’s student wing. During the Emergency period under then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi he was an ABVP activist. He was arrested and jailed too.

How 'Kabaddi' Led M Venkaiah Naidu To Vice-President Candidate

In 1973 Venkaiah Naidu won the only non-Congress seat from Udaigiri region in Andhra Pradesh and in 1978 he managed retaining his seat despite the wave of NTR.

He gradually rose to national politics, but couldn’t make his way to Lok Sabha. However, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka thrice.

He currently holds Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs portfolios.

Between July 2002 and October 2004 he had also served as the national president of BJP.

Under the Narendra Modi government he was instrumental in launching the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana being a Rural Development Minister.

Lately Modi tweeted, “A farmer’s son, M Venkaiah Naidu Garu brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum.”

The vice-president candidate was born on 1 July 1949 as Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu at Chavatapalem in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. He married in 1971 and has two children.

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