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Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu 2002 to 2004

Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was born on 1st July, 1949 in Chavatapalem, a remote village in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. His parents, Late Shri Rangaiah Naidu and Smt. Ramanamma were agriculturists. After graduating from V.R College, Nellore, he obtained the law degree from the Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. Shri Naidu was married to Smt. Usha on 14th April, 1971 and is blessed with a daughter and a son.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu, right from his college days, was deeply interested in the welfare of the common man, particularly the farmers and the down trodden sections of the society. This has led to his active involvement in the political and social activities at a relatively younger age. He was inspired by the selfless sacrifice and the principled politics of the leaders who had fought during the freedom struggle and also those who had valiantly opposed the emergency. During his three decades in public life, Shri Naidu has held several positions with distinction, including the following:

  • 1973-74 President, Students Union, Andhra University;
  • 1974 Convener, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan's Yuvajana Chatra Sangharsha Samiti, Andhra Pradesh;
  • 1977-80 President, Youth Wing of Janata Party, Andhra Pradesh;
  • 1978-83 -1983-85 Member, Legislative Assembly, Andhra Pradesh;
  • 1980-83 Vice President, Youth Wing of All India B.J.P.;
  • 1980-85 Leader, B.J.P Legislative Party in Andhra Pradesh;
  • 1985-88 General Secretary, Andhra Pradesh State B.J.P.;
  • 1988-93 President, Andhra Pradesh State B.J.P.;
  • 1993 - September, 2000 General Secretary, All India B.J.P.;
  • Secretary, B.J.P. Parliamentary Board;
  • Secretary, B.J.P. Central Election Committee;
  • Spokesperson of the B.J.P.;
  • April 1998 Elected to Rajya Sabha;
  • 1998-99 Member, Committee on Home Affairs; Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India;
  • Dec., 1999 onwards Member, Committee on Finance, Government of India;
  • Jan., 2000 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India;
  • 30th Sept. 2000 to 1st July 2002 Minister of Rural Development, Government of India
  • Member, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs;
  • Member, Cabinet Committee on Economic Reforms;
  • 1st July 2002 to October 05, 2004 President, Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • April 2005 Vice-President, Bharatiya Janata Party.

Both as a student leader and political figure, Shri Venkaiah Naidu gained prominence as a brilliant orator, who vigorously championed the cause of the farmers, rural people and development of the backward areas. He vociferously fought against forces of oppression and corruption, which were threatening the vitals of democracy. He was imprisoned for several months during the dark days of emergency, for having fought for preservation of fundamental rights and freedom of the countrymen. Besides being an avid reader, he has published several articles on subjects of public and political interest, democratic decentralization and on other important issues of national concern. As President of the BJP, Andhra Pradesh, Shri Naidu exhorted the party to adopt the slogan Back to Villages, and built the party at the grassroots level in the rural parts of the state. Both as a state level and as a national leader of the party, Shri Naidu extensively toured all over the country, particularly in the rural and semi-urban areas, to develop the cadre and mass base of the party.

  • AS A PRESIDENT OF BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY, Shri Venkaiah Naidu sought to further build the Party, both at the state and national levels.
  • Major Initiatives as Minister of Rural Development, Government of India
  • Major Initiatives of Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, President, BJP