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PM Modi congratulates Venkaiah Naidu

IANS | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu after he was named the NDA candidate for the Vice President's election on August 5.

"I have known Venkaiah Naidu for years. I have always admired his hard work and tenacity. (He is) a fitting candidate for the office of Vice President," Modi tweeted.

"A farmer's son, Venkaiah Naidu brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum," Modi said.

He said Naidu's experience as Parliamentary Affairs Minister will help him discharge the important role of the Rajya Sabha Chairperson when he is elected. 

BJP leader and Information and Broadcasting Minister Naidu was unanimously picked as the National Democratic Alliance nominee for Vice President's election. Naidu will file nomination at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said it was matter of happiness that a "son of a farmer" will become the next Vice President.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said Naidu was like an institution and his nomination as Vice Presidential candidate was a matter of happiness.