Former Health Minister JP Nadda has been appointed as the working president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He has been elected as Amit Shah has now taken charge as Union home minister.
Jagat Prakash Nadda has been made the working national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. According to sources, the decision was taken in a BJP parliamentary board meeting which was chaired by PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, senior leaders Sushma Swaraj, Ram Lal among others.
Speaking on JP Nadda’s appointment, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Amit Shah handled the responsibility of being BJP chief successfully for five years. Now that he has become home minister, he [Amit Shah] requested someone else take charge of the party. BJP Parliamentary board has selected JP Nadda as the working president.”
Amit Shah will remain party’s national president, Rajnath Singh clarified.
JP Nadda’s appointment comes days after the BJP had announced that current BJP chief Amit Shah will continue in the position for now.
Amit Shah will remain BJP president till the forthcoming state assembly polls are over i.e. December 2019. The BJP will likely get a new president by the start of next year.
The 59-year-old Nadda, who is a Rajya Sabha member as well as the former health minister, will be overseeing BJP’s election strategy for the upcoming state assembly polls. He will be steering the BJP through Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Maharashtra assembly polls which will be conducted in the second half of 2019.
JP Nadda had been the front runner to replace Amit Shah as the BJP president. Nadda was part of the previous Narendra Modi government. Known to keep a low profile and get things done, Nadda was instrumental in furthering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programmes including Ayushman Bharat, the health-insurance scheme of the government.
It is only after these assembly polls that the process of organisational elections will start within the BJP.