Hon’ble Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Rural Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India
Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu is an Indian politician serving as the Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting in the Narendra Modi government. A prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has also served as its national president from 2002 to 2004. Earlier, he was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
He pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Diplomatic Studies, acquired a bachelor’s degree in Law with specialisation in International. Having been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh from his childhood, he started his career in politics as a student leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the year 1973–74 after being elected as the president of the students union of Andhra University Colleges. He came into spotlight for his prominent role in the Jai Andhra Movement of 1972.
In 1974, he became the convener of the anti-corruption Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan Kshatra Sangharsha Samiti of Andhra Pradesh. He took to streets in protest against the emergency and was imprisoned. From 1977–80, he was President of the Youth Wing.
He has held many positions namely – President, Students Union, Andhra University; Convener, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Yuvajana Chatra Sangharsha Samithi, AP; President, Youth Wing of Janata Party, AP; MLA Legislative Assembly, AP (2 terms); Leader, B.J.P Legislative Party in AP; Gen Secy & later President, AP State B.J.P.; National General Secretary, BJP; Secretary, B.J.P. Parliamentary Board; Secretary, B.J.P. Central Election Committee; Spokesperson B.J.P.; Member, Rajya Sabha from Karnataka (3 terms); Minister of Rural Development, Government of India; National President, Bharatiya Janata Party; currently Union minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs.