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:
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.