New Delhi: Former Union ministerJP Naddawas appointed BJP’s working president during the party’s parliamentary board meeting on Monday.
The decision of BJP’s highest decision-making body was announced by former party president and defense ministerRajnath Singhafter meeting, which included Prime Minister Narendra Modi andBJP chiefAmit Shah by the chairmanship.
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“BJP parliamentary board met today and it has elected JP Nadda as the working president. He will remain the working president till the BJP’s membership drive and the organizational elections are over,” Singh tweeted.
Congratulations Nadda, Modi tweeted that “he is a diligent ‘worker’ (worker) of the party, who has risen through the ranks due to his hardwork and organizational skills. Humble and affable, he is widely respected in the BJP family”.
I am confident that under the leadership of Mr. @AmitShah and Mr. @JPNadda, and powered by the hardwork of our Ka … https://t.co/EyDidISB2W
Wishing him on being unanimously elected as party’s working president, Shah said he had full faith that under Nadda’s leadership the BJP will be strengthened further “we will be able to spread the party’s ideology of all the corners in the country.”
This is the first time that the party has appointed a working president even when there is a full-time party president.
I congratulate Mr. J.P. Nadda on the unanimous executive elected by the BJP Parliamentary Board. … https://t.co/Fdo1SgY7nk
– Amit Shah (@AmitShah)1560787076000
In a series of tweets, Singh said the BJP has won several elections under the leadership of Shah.
After the Prime Minister appointed him the home minister, Shah himself had said that the responsibility of someone else, the defense minister said.
BJP Parliamentary Board met today and it has selected Shri @JPNadda as the working president He will remain the wo … https://t.co/dszEw3KWGb
– Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh)1560782980000
“Congratulations and best wishes to Naddaji for shouldering this new responsibility,” Singh tweeted.
Several Union ministers and BJP leaders also congratulated Nadda on his appointment
Shah’s tenure ends in December 2019 and he may not like to get an extension as the party has the principal of ‘one man, one post’, sources said.
Nadda, currently BJP’s parliamentary board secretary, will continue to work as the BJP’s organizational election is over, indications that he may succeed Shah
The 58-year-old was given the responsibility of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in which BJP won 62 out of the 80 seats in the politically-critical state.
A three-time MLA, Nadda represents Himachal Pradesh in the State Sabha and enjoys the party’s top brass. He was the health minister in the Modi government in the last term.
Born in Patna to a Brahmin family from Himachal Pradesh, his father NL Nadda was a vice-chancellor of the Ranchi University. He is a convent-educated politician with his roots in the RSS.
He started his political career as a student leader and was elected as secretary of the Patna University in the 1977 student elections.
A few years later, he returned to his native state Himachal Pradesh to pursue higher studies and joined the University of Himachal Pradesh.
Under his leadership, the ABVP, which is the student wing of the RSS, defeated the Students Federation of India (SFI) in the university for the first time in 1984. He went on to become the students’ union president.
Later, Nadda also became ABVP national general secretary from 1986 to 1989, and was appointed by the President of the Indian Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the BJP’s youth wing, in 1991.
Nadda, a low profile leader, was also in contention for party’s top post in 2014, but the BJP’s splendid performance in Uttar Pradesh in that year’s general election resulted in Shah becoming party chief.
The decision to appoint him came days after the BJP, at a meeting of its national office bearers, decided to carry out a membership drive to increase its members by 20 percent followed by party’s organizational poll.
The BJP will start the drive from July 6, birth anniversary of its founder Syama Prasad Mukerjee.
The entire exercise may take several months to be concluded, which means that the party may fight elections in three states – Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra – later this year under Shah and Nadda.
In Video:JP Nadda elected as BJP Working President in Delhi