JP Nadda set to succeed Amit Shah as BJP national president; nominations, polling for job to be held at party headquarters today

The BJP is set to get its new national president in place of Amit Shah on Monday, with its working president JP Nadda expected to be elected to the post unopposed

Press Trust of India January 20, 2020 08:18:03 IST
JP Nadda set to succeed Amit Shah as BJP national president; nominations, polling for job to be held at party headquarters today
  • The BJP is set to get its new national president in place of Amit Shah on Monday, with its working president JP Nadda expected to be elected to the post unopposed

  • Top party leaders, including Union ministers and those from states, are likely to arrive at the BJP headquarters to file nominations in support of Nadda, who has long been seen as the choice of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the job.

  • Nadda's decades-long experience in the organisation, starting from student politics, proximity to the RSS and clean image is seen as his strengths.

New Delhi: The BJP is set to get its new national president in place of Amit Shah on Monday, with its working president JP Nadda expected to be elected to the post unopposed.

Top party leaders, including Union ministers and those from states, are likely to arrive at the BJP headquarters to file nominations in support of Nadda, who has long been seen as the choice of  Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the job.

Nadda's decades-long experience in the organisation, starting from student politics, proximity to the RSS and clean image is seen as his strengths.

Shah held a meeting with senior party leaders, including several Union ministers and chief ministers of the party-ruled states, on Sunday evening.

JP Nadda set to succeed Amit Shah as BJP national president nominations polling for job to be held at party headquarters today

File Image of JP Nadda. PTI

Though there was no official communication about what transpired, sources said the party leaders deliberated over the details of the election exercise.

Senior BJP leader Radha Mohan Singh, who is in charge of the party's organisational poll process, said that nominations for the national president's election will be filed on January 20, and a contest will take place the next day if required.

The BJP has the convention of electing its president with consensus and without any contest, and there is little possibility that it will be any other way this time.

The election of a new president will bring to end incumbent Shah's tenure of over five-and-a-half years during which the BJP expanded its footprints across the country like never before and enjoyed its best phase in electoral contests despite suffering a few setbacks in state polls.

With Shah joining the Modi 2.0 government as home minister, the BJP began the exercise for electing his successor as the party has the convention of 'one person, one post'.

Nadda was appointed as the party's working president in July last year is an indication that the Himachal Pradesh leader was the likely choice for the top organisational job.

In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he was in charge of the BJP's election campaign in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, where the party faced a tough challenge from the grand alliance of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The party won 62 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Having risen through the saffron ranks, Nadda has long been a member of the BJP parliamentary board, its highest decision-making body. He had served as a minister in the first Modi government.

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