Publicly, the 68-year-old Naidu continued to maintain that he was not interested in a constitutional post.
"There is a feeling that if Mr. Venkaiah Naidu becomes the Vice-President, he will not be in a position to take care of A.P. like he has been doing for a long time, especially since bifurcation".
Mr. Naidu had ruled himself out in May from the race for either the president or vice-president, saying he was "happy being Usha Pati", referring to his wife Usha.
By deciding to back former party president and current union cabinet minister for Information and Broadcasting, and one of the most senior leaders of the BJP, the party has given a fitting reply to the gauntlet thrown at them by a joint opposition.
"Venkaiah is a senior political leader across party lines and is a senior leader of the BJP which he had been associated from his youth".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took to Twitter to praise the urban development minister.
The buzz that a Union minister from south would make the cut as BJP-NDA's vice-presidential candidate began around last weekend only. "A farmer's son, he brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum".
And there is also another danger for Naidu. In Karnataka, the BJP won 17 seats. From the Upper House, 233 elected MPs and 12 nominated members would cast their vote, whereas, a total of 543 MPs and 2 nominated members would cast their vote from the Lower House. This adds up to a comfortable majority.
As per the number of contesting candidates, the voters can mark as many preferences against the names of the candidates as they want. After Kovind, a leader from north, was chosen as NDA presidential candidate, it was expected that BJP would go for a leader from south for the post of VP.
Breaking the Congress-Communist duopoly in Kerala and making forays into Tamil Nadu have been high on Amit Shah's agenda. I'm not aspiring to become anything, party finally decides about the candidature. While veteran O Rajagopal was elected to the Assembly as the lone party MLA, the BJP came in second in six other seats.