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Venkaiah Naidu To Be BJP's Vice President Candidate, Sources

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According to some sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has been finalised as the ruling NDA candidate for Vice Presidential poll and the announcement will be made on Monday evening.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Board will meet on Monday evening to announce Naidu's candidature, according to the sources. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the meeting.

Naidu, 68 and a former BJP President, met Modi and spoke with BJP President Amit Shah, the sources said.

When asked about his take on the Presidential Candidacy, Naidu said, "I'm not aspiring to become anything, party finally decides about the candidature. Meeting at 6 pm."

Referring to the news of his selection as BJP's Vice Presidential Candidate, he said, "All other things are only speculations. Whatever Parliamentary Board decides is final."

Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao's name was also considered for the August 5 contest.

The last date for filing nomination papers for the Vice Presidential election is Tuesday.

The term of Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10.