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Venkaiah Naidu rejects charges of favouritism

NDA vice-presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said he wished to see Narendra Modi getting another term as Prime Minister before he quit active politics.

“His plans do not come to an end with GST and demonetisation. His is not a populist agenda but one that would benefit the people and help the poor, ending economic inequalities,” he said addressing an “Atmeeya Abhinandana” at a resort here.

“My selection as a party nominee for the Vice-President’s post was unanimous, and I could not refuse as it considered representation to top posts from geographical and social angles too,” he said. He had planned to retire after the next elections and take up voluntary service, he said.

Responding to allegations, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said he never interfered in his son’s business affairs and he was not a member of the Swarna Bharathi Trust. His daughter was into social work and the trust was doing amazing work, he said.

Tracing his leadership to the culture of RSS, he recalled how his days as student leader of ABVP in Visakhapatnam made a lot of difference to his life. He won the student union election of Andhra University, led the “Jai Andhra” movement in which he could learn a great deal from leaders like Tenneti Viswanadham and Gouthu Latchanna.

MP and A P BJP President K Haribabu, noted actor and writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao, party senior leader P V Chalapathi Rao, GITAM University Chancellor Koneru Ramakrishna Rao, president M V V S Murthy, MP Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, MLAs Bandaru Satyanaryana Murthy, Gowthu Sivaji and P Vishnu Kumar Raju, former minister Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, and former MLA S A Rahaman spoke.

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