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Vice presidential poll: Panneerselvam’s AIADMK camp to support Venkaiah Naidu

The 68-year-old Naidu currently holds the two portfolios of information and broadcasting and housing and urban affairs.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2017 09:35 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Chennai
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Union minister Venkaiah Naidu after casting his vote during the Presidential election in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has announced support of the AIADMK faction led by him for National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) vice presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu.

In a statement issued here late on Monday, the Panneerselvam faction said Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought their support for Naidu in the August 5 election.

On his part, Panneerselvam assured his faction’s support to Naidu.

The three warring factions in the ruling AIADMK had supported NDA’s Presidential election candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Voting for electing the 14th President of India was held on Monday.

The government said Modi had thanked chief minister K Palaniswami for the support extended to Kovind and also sought his support for Naidu. Palaniswami wished Naidu over phone.

Naidu was chosen at the BJP parliamentary board meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior party leaders.

The 68-year-old Naidu holds the two portfolios of information and broadcasting and housing and urban affairs.

The two-time BJP president is pitted against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who was chosen by an alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, but his election is almost inevitable due to the NDA’s huge numerical superiority over the opposition.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 09:30 IST