Edited by Anindita Sanyal
| Monday July 17, 2017, New Delhi
M Venkaiah Naidu, 68, was picked today as the BJP's candidate for Vice President -- a post he is almost certain to occupy. Like NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Mr Naidu comes from a humble background. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "A farmer's son, M VenkaiahNaidu Garu brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum". But while Governor Kovind is almost a political unknown, Mr Naidu - a two-time Union minister and four-time Rajya Sabha member - enjoys cordial relations with colleagues across party lines. He is known to be jovial, has a talent for acronyms and is a good orator.