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Never wanted to be Vice President: Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu never wanted to become Vice President. Venkaiah Naidu aspired to do creative work following the footsteps of late Nanaji Deshmukh, leader and social activist of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. On the occasion of the release of his book ‘Listening, Learning and Leading’, based on his two-year tenure as Vice-President, he said, ‘My dear friends, I tell you the truth, I never wanted to be Vice-President.’

The Vice President said that he had expressed his wish to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that in his second term he wanted to withdraw from the government, follow in the footsteps of Nanaji Deshmukh and do constructive work. Venkaiah Naidu said, ‘I was planning for that. I was glad that I would do that, but that could not happen. He told that I had also suggested some names for the post of Vice President.

Venkaiah Naidu said, ‘After the party’s parliamentary party meeting, Amit Bhai (then BJP president Amit Shah) said that everyone in the party believes that I will be the most suitable person. I never expected that. There were tears in my eyes, not because my ministerial position was going, which I was going to leave somewhere. The Vice President said that he overcame his condolences simply because he would not be able to go to the BJP office or meet party workers from the next day.

He said that he was worried about the future of the movement (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), which had tears in his eyes. He said, ‘I joined this movement at a very young age and the party gave everything except the post of Prime Minister, anyway I was not fit for this post. I know my abilities and abilities.

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