New Delhi: Amit Shah will continue to be the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) till the end of the much-awaited 2019 Lok Sabha polls, highly-placed sources said on Saturday.
Shah’s tenure was set to end in January, but the BJP in its national executive meeting decided that he should continue until the end of the polls, where the party is expected to face a mounted united opposition.
BJP will not hold its organisational polls till the end of the general elections, the sources said.
The party is likely to present itself as a promoter of the interests of the backward classes a constituency it has constantly been wooing to big electoral successes since 2014 led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shah was the BJP’s in-charge for India’s largest and politically most crucial State, Uttar Pradesh, during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP and its allies swept the entire State, registering their best ever performance, by winning 73 out of 80 seats. As a result, Shah rose to national prominence and was appointed as the party’s national president in July 2014.
Under his leadership, the BJP achieved success in Legislative Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Assam in 2016, but lost the elections in Delhi and Bihar in 2015. In 2017, he led the party towards a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat and marked the party’s strong debut in Manipur.