As predicted earlier, BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda was today elected unopposed as the new party president. He had been Home Minister Amit Shah’s virtual deputy or executive for almost a year. The BJP headquarters on Monday witnessed leaders of the party from across the country assemble for the occasion. Radha Mohan Singh, in charge of the organisation’s election process, announced the name of Nadda, proposed by parliamentary board members and former party heads Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, as the new party president. There was no challenger for the post.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be at the BJP office in the evening to congratulate Nadda. They had on Sunday met with senior leaders of the party, chief ministers and former chief ministers in a series of meetings at the party office to impress upon them the need to make Nadda the new party head. These meetings will ensure the leadership of Nadda will face no challenge as the rank and file have received the message that Modi and Shah have thrown their weight behind him.
Shah is a tough act to follow. Defence Minister Singh said today, “Amit Shah ji‘s stint as BJP chief was unparalleled. He took the party to new heights.” However, even the most trusted deputy of the prime minister could not do much in the campaigns for the recent state elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand as his job in the government spared hardly any time to spare for party affairs. The task of Nadda is cut out: getting the BJP back to a winning streak in state elections.
Shah had requested Modi that his job of party chief be handed over to someone else as his ministerial responsibilities spared him with no time for the organisation. Since June last year, Shah continued as the president of the BJP for completing organisational restructuring commitments.
Nadda faces the tough challenges of Delhi and Bihar this year and West Bengal in 2021. The slow but sure revival of the INC in Delhi may be a blessing in disguise for the BJP as the AAP and the oldest party would woo the same section of the electorate that opposes the CAA, loves freebies and doles. If Nitish Kumar stays steady with the NDA, Bihar will be less daunting this year than how it was in 2015. West Bengal next year will be interesting to watch, as the BJP is now practically the only opposition in the TMC-ruled state.
Nadda is known as a hard taskmaster with deep RSS roots.
has been active in politics since his student life. He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) while a student. He held different positions in the RSS-affiliated student organisation. He did his BA from Patna College, Patna University, and LLB from the Himachal Pradesh University.
Nadda was first elected a member of the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh in the year 1993. After this, he became a minister in the state government, got elected as an MP and then became a union minister. He has held important departments like health in Modi government. After Shah joined the cabinet, he was made the executive chairman of the party and Shah continued as the national president.