BJP leader and party working president, JP Nadda, is all set to replace Union home minister Amit Shah as the new national president. Several top leaders from across the country are likely to arrive at the BJP headquarters in support of JP Nadda.
New Delhi: BJP is set to replace Union home minister Amit Shah for the party’s national president post on Monday. BJP working president JP Nadda is at the forefront for the post and is expected to be elected unopposed.
Union ministers and other top leaders from states are likely to arrive at the BJP headquarters to support JP Nadda.
This decision, by the BJP to relieve Amit Shah of his duties as the party chief comes ahead of Delhi Assembly election. JP Nadda's decades-long experience in the party, starting from student politics, proximity to the RSS and clean image is seen as his strengths.
The BJP has won emphatic electoral victories under party chief Shah’s leadership, but Shah is also Union home minister.
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'.
A former Himachal Pradesh minister, Nadda has the organisational experience and became party's working president in June 2019 after the ruling party won the Lok Sabha election.
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 would 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.
Nadda’s appointment as the party's working president in July last year in an indication that the Himachal Pradesh leader was the likely choice for the top post.
The party won 62 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from handling crucial states for the BJP in the general elections, Nadda was a Cabinet minister in the first tenure of the Modi government and has been a member of the parliamentary board, the BJP's top decision-making body.
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Last Updated 20, Jan 2020, 10:20 AM