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Highlighting many facets of Mr Naidu’s qualities, the Prime Minister made special mention of the Vice- President’s commitment to the cause of rural India.
“I was party general secretary then....Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) wanted to give a major portfolio to Venkaiahji but he went to the then Prime Minister and requested him to allot him the responsibility of Rural Development,” Mr Modi said in presence of an esteemed audience including former Prime Ministers H D Deve Gowda and Dr Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
The book ‘Moving on ....Moving forward: A Year in Office’ was released by the Prime Minister on the occasion.
Among others the impressive function was also addressed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu underlined the importance of transparency and accountability in public life. (UNI)