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|Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu|
July 1, 1949 |
Chavata Palem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Children||Muppavarapu Harshvardhan, Deepa Venkat|
Muppavarapu 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 to Andha Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Udaygiri Constituency. He married Alluru Ushamma. 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.
On January 29, 2005, while he was on election campaign, his helicopter had an emergency landing in the forest 50km away from Gaya [Bihar|India], in the naxals strong hold. Within few minutes he was taken away by the villagers sensing problem, naxals blew up his helicopter with bombs and he escaped unhurt.
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.
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 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