Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah’s tenure expired last January. Seeing the Lok Sabha elections, Shah was asked to remain unopposed. JP Nadda was made acting chairman after the general election and after Shah was inducted into Modi’s cabinet as Home Minister. Now, it is debated that JP Nadda will be new president of the party. He may head the party in February.
According to sources, JP Nadda will be crowned on the post of BJP’s national president on February 19. It is believed that by February 19, more than 80 percent of the BJP’s state units will end the electoral process. “The process was on and appointment is likely to take place on January 19-20. This come come days before the Delhi elections,” said a senior BJP leader. The party had elevated senior BJP leader and former health minister JP Nada as its working president in June.
Currently there is an election for an alliance in BJP. According to the constitution of party more than 50 percent of the state units can be elected only after the election of national president. It may be recalled that JP Nadda has been active in politics since his student life. He was associated with the All India Council in student life and held various positions in the organization.
Nadda was first elected to the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1993. He was also a minister in state government and later became a minister in central government. Nada has taken over important divisions like health in Modi government. After being inducted into Amit Shah’s cabinet, he was made the party’s acting president and Shah retained the post of national president. But could not perform his old elections in state assembly elections.
Now Nadda will lead BJP’s campaign for the upcoming elections in Delhi which are crucial following the setbacks last year in three assembly elections: in Maharashtra where it did not form the government despite being the largest single party, in Haryana where it formed a coalition government with the Jannayak Janta Party and in Jharkhand where it suffered an outright defeat.