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|M. Venkaiah Naidu|
July 1, 1949 |
Chavata Palem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||Muppavarapu Harshvardhan, Deepa Venkat|
M. Venkaiah Naidu (Telugu: వెంకయ్య నాయుడు) (born 1 July 1949) is an Indian politician & former Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development. From 2002 to 2004, he was the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is currently the opposition party in the Parliament of India. He resigned on October 18, 2004 and was succeeded by L.K. Advani.Mr.Naidu belongs to Nellore Dist of Andhra Pradesh and he has daughter known as Deepa who runs an automobile show room in chennai and also Swarnabharath Trust at Venkatachalam Nellore Dist.
He started his career in politics as a student leader in the year 1973-74 after been elected as President, Students Union, Andhra University Colleges 1974 Convener, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Kshatra Sangharsha Samiti of Andhra Pradesh 1977-80 President, Youth Wing of Janata Party. He has done his schooling from V.R. High Nellore & pursued a Bachelor of Arts Degree from V.R. College, Nellore followed by a Bachelors in Law from Law College, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.Having an excellent oratery skill,god gifted power to spell bound people from public speeches,social work & inheritant interest in politics risulted in his successful win twice as an MLA Andha Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Udaygiri Constituency. His full name is Muppavarupu Venkaiah Naidu. He married Alluru Vajjramma. Like many BJP leaders and workers,he is god to udayagiri people Mr. Naidu also traces his roots to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and entered politics from there.
Naidu took over as BJP president after Jana Krishnamurthi stepped down in 2002.
On January 28, 2004, he was elected unopposed for a full 3 year term.
On April 15, 2007, his helicopter had an emergency landing close to Lucknow airport, in Uttar Pradesh, due to hydraulic system failure. He was admitted to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
Currently he is the member of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Parliament) from karnataka. Due to his prior association with Jai Andhra movement in 1972, Positioning himself and BJP for electoral gains in case of a division of Andhra Pradesh, he persuaded BJP to become pro-telangana and stalling proceeding in Rajya Sabha.
Land Scam 
Venkaiah Naidu is believed to have appropriated dozens of acres of precious agricultural land in an obscure village in Nellore district. This land was earmarked for the landless poor way back in 1978 as part of the welfare policies of the then Congress government.Venkaiah Naidu got the land allotted during his stint as an MLA from Udayagiri constituency. The land was allegedly annexed by him in his own name, and in the names of his brother-in-law Alluru Bhaskaraiah, his father-in-law China Mastanaiah and others. Around 4.95 acres were allocated to him, under different survey numbers, all on the same day – November 20, 1978. These lands are situated in Mangalagunta hamlet of Kasumuru village in his native Nellore district’s Venkatachalam mandal. The D-Form pattas (issued by the government of Andhra Pradesh to the landless poor) were obtained in their respective names using his clout as a legislator. The rules of government stipulate that D-Form pattas are to be issued only to the really poor and downtrodden sections of society and must not be allotted to persons who own any piece of land in their own names.
The land owned by Mr Venkaiah Naidu, his father-in-law and his brother-in-law add up to 20.52 acres, which itself is a large figure. If one takes into account the land assigned to and owned by other close relatives of his father-in-law, the total extent of land, works out to over 40 acres. Even though the survey numbers are different and the extent of individual holdings appear to be small, they in fact are continuous and form an impressive chunk of land estate.
Controversial Remarks 
Venkaiah Naidu is known for making controversial remarks. In one such case, he justified the fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a press conference in 2007 as he reportedly said that saw "nothing wrong" in the 'fake' encounter of "a criminal like"Sohrabuddin Sheikh, who was gunned down by the police in Gujarat in November 2005.Terming Sohrabuddin Sheikh as a "gangster and extortionist" Naidu expressed the opinion that the police could not be expected "to deal softly with such elements". However, in the same press conference he evaded questions related to the brutal murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh's wife Kauserbi by the Gujarat Police saying "an inquiry has already been ordered by the Gujarat government into that and punitive action initiated against some police officials".
Venkaiah Naidu is also known to defend Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on other fake encounter cases such as Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case saying Narendra Modi cannot be held responsible for everything that happens in the state.
- "Venkaiah Scam". Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "Venkaiah Naidu justifies Sohrabuddin killing - News - Webindia123.com". Webindia123.com. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- "Ishrat Jahan encounter not fake: Gujarat govt". Zee News. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- Official website of the BJP
- "Venkaiah Naidu escapes bid on life" - newkerala article dated January 29, 2005
- "Naxals blow up Venkaiah Naidu's chopper" - expressindia.com article dated January 29, 2005
- Naidu hompeage at Parliament of India
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