This time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah did not spring any last minute surprise. Even the media got speculations on Naidu’s nomination right. His nomination was in sync with what was being discussed in the power corridors — that the ruling BJP wants a leader from south India for the vice-president’s post. The party is trying hard to make inroads in regions beyond Karnataka. Naidu, one of the senior most BJP leader and the Union minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, is from Andhra Pradesh and had been based in Hyderabad. His elevation can emotionally appeal to people in both Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. In fact, with Naidu’s nomination, BJP has got the regional balance right — presidential nominee from north India and vice-president from south. Naidu’s elevation as the vice-presidential nominee is the story of a political leader who has the strength and energy to mould himself as per the developing situation.