Andhra contingent in Modi's cabinet
The Andhra contingent in the Narendra Modi led NDA cabinet will comprise of an economist from JNU, a prince from Vizianagaram and an ABVP and a RSS leader from Nellore.
They are M Venkaiah Naidu, Nirmala Seetharaman of BJP and Ashok Gajapathiraju of TDP.
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, popularly known as Venkaiah for all of party workers and leaders the Andhra politician from Nellore is well known for hosting spicy coastal feasts at Delhi and Hyderabad home with Chapa pulusu (fish curry) and Ulava charu (horsegram lentil soup).
The 64-year-old leader feared by his enemies for his acerbic tongue completed his schooling at Nellore and pursued his Bachelor's Degree in Politics and Diplomatic Studies at Visakhapantam and is an alumni of Andhra University. with a law degree in International Law.
An RSS worker his childhood, he started his career in politics as an ABVP leader while in college and shot to fame as convener of Jayaprakash Narayan's Kshatra Sangharsha Samiti against the Anti-Emergency struggle and President of the Youth Wing of the Janata Party.
As a brilliant orator, he was elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly twice from Udayagiri constituency in Nellore district in 1978 and 1983 and played a key role in the campaign to restore NTR rule in August 1984.
However, Venkaiah failed in electoral politics henceforth both in assembly and Parliament (Charminar-1994).
He was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and since then been re-elected twice in 2004 and 2010 from Karnataka.
He was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural development in the first NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
He was also the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2002.
During the 2014 general elections, he was the campaign in-charge for entire south India.
He was also the architect of TDP- BJP alliance in Andhra Pradesh which begot the TDP to power in Seemandhra and also earned BJP 4 MPs besides support of 16 MPs of TDP.
(Posted on 27-05-2014)