As the present BJP national president Amit Shah is slated to join the Cabinet of the new Modi government, his boots as the formal head of the party will be filled by Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
It is likely that Shah will conti nue to have a role to play in the running of the party’s affairs in coordination with Nadda in the future. The first litmus test for Nadda once he becomes the BJP national president will be the upcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Haryana, likely to take place sometime around September this year.
Nadda will also have to be ready with a strategy to meet the possibility of polls being held in Jammu and Kashmir, and even perhaps Karnataka, where the JD(S)-Congress coalition looks increasingly shaky. After that, 2020 will require a concerted effort from the BJP in the assembly elections in the national capital.
Fifty-nine-year-old Nadda is a Brahmin and a Rajya Sabha member who keeps a low profile but is also parliamentary board secretary of the BJP. Nadda is known as a master strategist in his party. The party had given him charge of Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded hustings. The party bagged 62 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. Apna Dal bagged two against a caste calculus driven combine of BSP and SP.
Educated at St. Xaviers School, Patna, Nadda thereafter did his B.A. from Patna College, Patna University and LL.B. from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He is three-time MLA in the Himachal Assembly. He came to the upper house from Himachal Pradesh and was appointed Minister in 2014.