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Nadda to turn full-time BJP president on 20 January

The setbacks BJP suffered in state elections is partly attributed to the absence of a full-time organisational head; the dedicated RSS swayamsevak since his years as a student activist of the ABVP is expected to fill the void

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Acting president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) JP Nadda is believed to be elected unopposed as the party president soon. His name will be announced on 20 January by former Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh.

Nadda will file his nomination paper on 19 January for the election of BJP’s national president. The process of internal election for the new president of the party is going on.

According to the BJP constitution, the national president is elected after the organisational elections are held in more than 50% of the states. Organisational elections are going on in all states and by 18 January, 80% of thee elections will be over in the states.

BJP’s national election officer and former union minister Radha Mohan Singh will announce the date of election of BJP’s national president in the next two or three days. However, it is believed that the current acting president JP Nadda will pull through unopposed.

According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, besides union ministers and several state unit presidents of the party will be the proponents of JP Nadda.

The tenure of BJP national president Amit Shah had ended exactly a year ago. For his immense responsibility of leading the organisation for the Lok Sabha election, Shah was asked to continue in the post. Nadda was made the acting president after the general election. After Shah joined the cabinet as the home minister, an even greater responsibility, it was nearly impossible for him to devote time to party affairs. “In any case, the BJP works on a ‘one person one post’ formula to the extent possible,” said a leader of the party.

Nadda is likely to take over the reins of the BJP fully in February. He 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.

Nadda 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.

The recent setbacks the party has suffered in some state elections is being attributed partly to the absence of a full-time head of the organisation.

The BJP was defeated in the recent assembly elections in Jharkhand, while the power of Maharashtra slipped out of its hands. In Haryana too, the party had to lose seats and form a government by striking an alliance with a candidate it had campaigned against. When JP Nadda begins working as the party’s full-time president, its performance is expected to improve.

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