NEW DELHI: M Venkaiah Naidu is a fitting candidate for the office of Vice President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday soon after the senior BJP leader was chosen as the ruling NDA's candidate.
Modi described 68-year-old Naidu as a farmer's son who "brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum".
He said he has always admired the hardwork and tenacity of Naidu, currently a minister in his Cabinet holding the portfolios of Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development.
"I know @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President," the prime minister tweeted, soon after the announcement of the decision of BJP's Parliamentary Board, the highest decision-making body of the party.
"The years of Parliamentary experience @MVenkaiahNaidu Garu has will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson," Modi added.
The Vice President is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also congratulated Venkaiah Naidu for being chosen as the NDA vice presidential candidate.
"The decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP parliamentary board is a matter of pride for all sections of the society," Adityanath said in a statement.
He said that Naidu has had a long experience in public life and has ably discharged his duties both in the organisation and government.
He has made a remarkable contribution in the field of rural development and his selection for the coveted post amounts to extending respect to the rural population, Adityanath said.
"His contribution has made him popular both in northern India and all over the country...his love for Hindi is known to all," he added.