New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday emerged as a front-runner for vice presidential candidate of the ruling NDA, sources said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliamentary Board will meet on Monday evening to pick its vice presidential candidate. The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to informed party sources, Naidu’s name has almost been finalised as candidate for the Vice President’s post.
Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao’s name is also being considered for the post.
The Vice President’s election will be held on August 5th.
The last date for filing nomination papers for the vice-presidential election is July 18th, Tuesday.
The term of Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-office of Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10th.
Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.
The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.
According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.
The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.
Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.
A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.
The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.
There were no CCTV cameras in the area.