Second innings: Amit Shah takes over as BJP president again; Advani, Joshi skip meeting

Amit Shah, widely perceived as being close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was on Sunday re-elected as the president of the Bhartiya Janata Party, news reports said.

Though Shah was elected unopposed to the post at the BJP's office with 17 nominations, party veterans LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present, CNN-IBN reported. Advani and MM Joshi are members of the BJP's 'margdarshak mandal.'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and virtually the entire top party brass, including a number of Union ministers and chief ministers, proposed his name during the nomination process in which no other leader joined the fray.

Amit Shah. File photo. PTI

Amit Shah. File photo. PTI

Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Shah on his re-election and said he was sure the party will reach "newer heights of success" under him.

"Heartiest congratulations to Amit Shah on his re-election as the BJP national president," the former Bharatiya Janata Party president tweeted.

"He has been an extremely successful party president," he said of Amit Shah.

Shah's skills will soon be put to test as the BJP faces electoral battles in several key states, including Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Amit Shah had achieved a major success in the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP won 71 out of 80 seats with Shah heading the party's state unit.

However, reacting to the news of his re-appointment as BJP president, the Congress pointed out that under him, BJP lost elections in Delhi and Bihar.

Amit Shah will now be the party chief until the year 2019. This will be the first full term for him, as till now, he was completing the remaining term of Rajnath Singh, who was the party chief prior to the Lok Sabha elections.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jan 25, 2016 07:08:48 IST

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