The elevation of 59-year-old Nadda was imminent after he was made the BJP working president in July last year. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader JP Nadda on Monday took over as the new party president after he emerged as the only candidate for the top post following the conclusion of the nomination process at its headquarters. Nadda, who was appointed as BJP's working president last June, has succeeded Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was at a helm for an eventful five-and-a-half years during which the party won its biggest majority in 2019 Lok Sabha election and expanded its footprint across the country.
JP Nadda's name was proposed by the top party leaders, including Union ministers Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari, besides several chief ministers during the nomination process.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit party headquarters in the national capital to felicitate Nadda. Both leaders will later hold a meeting with chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of the states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
The elevation of 59-year-old Nadda was imminent after he was made the BJP working president in July last year, following Shah’s induction into the Union cabinet. Nadda is a former Union minister and has decades of organisational experience. The BJP national council, the biggest organisational body of the party, is expected to meet after the February 8 Delhi Assembly polls to ratify the election of the new party president.
In the run-up to the 2019 general election, Nadda was in charge of the BJP’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh, politically the most important state where the saffron party convincingly defeated the formidable alliance of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) by winning 62 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Nadda was a cabinet minister in the first Modi government between 2014 and 2019. He has also been a member of the BJP’s parliamentary board, the top decision-making body of the party.
Shah had taken over as the party president in 2014 after Narendra Modi led it to power.
Weeks ahead of the assembly elections in the national capital, BJP’s working president JP Nadda held organisational meetings with party workers on Friday and said Delhi needs “development not advertisement”. Nadda told party workers to conduct door-to-door campaigns to expose the lies of the APP government led by Arvind Kejriwal.
“We will go door-to-door in Delhi to expose the injustice done by the Kejriwal government to the people of Delhi, the lies spoken to them and the scams committed by the government,” Nadda tweeted. “Delhi needs development not advertisement,” he said.