Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Vice President Venkaiah Naidu for his focused efforts in developing rural India and his ability to endear himself to people across all sections. Addressing a gathering at the book launch event of Naidu, who completed one year in office, the Prime Minister said, “The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana came into being due to the efforts of Naidu Ji. In a time when political discourse was centered around train stoppages only, he ensured that leaders began to think more about roads and other forms of connectivity. Venkaiah Naidu ji has the ability to endear himself to people across all sections.” Calling Naidu a “disciplinarian”, the Prime Minister said, “Naidu Ji has always provided visionary leadership whenever he gets a responsibility. He gets the best experts to ensure justice is done to the work assigned. He is also a disciplinarian.” Prime Minister Modi further said, “Atal Ji wanted to give Venkaiah Naidu Ji a ministry. Venkaiah Ji said, ‘I want to be the minister for rural development’. He is a farmer at heart. He is dedicated towards the welfare of farmers and agriculture.” Former prime minister, Manmohan Singh, HD Deve Gowda, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also attended the event among others.