BJP working president JP Nadda with Amit Shah (Photo Credit: File Photo)
BJP working president J P Nadda appears set to take charge as the party president next week, succeeding Union Home Minister Amit Shah, reports said. Nadda may take the helm on January 20 as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources believe that he is likely to be elected unopposed, in line with the convention in the saffron organisation. BJP senior leader Radha Mohan Singh led panel may come out with the schedule for its national president’s election soon.
The elevation of 59-year-old Nadda is being seen as a near certainty 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.
Delhi Needs Development Not Advertisements: JP Nadda
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.