Former Union minister JP Nadda was elected as the national working president of the BJP at the party’s parliamentary board meeting this evening.
Amit Shah, who has entered the Narendra Modi cabinet as the home minister, will continue to be BJP chief and will likely see the party through assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand elections later this year.
“The BJP won several elections under leadership of Amit Shah ji. But since PM appointed him home minister, Amit Shah ji himself said the responsibility of party president should be given to someone else. The BJP parliamentary board has selected JP Nadda as working president,” senior leader and defence minister Rajnath Singh told reporters.
Nadda, a Brahmin leader from Himachal Pradesh, enjoys the confidence of the party’s top brass, is trusted by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh – the BJP’s ideological parent – and enjoys a clean reputation. He was the health minister in the first Narendra Modi government.
That Nadda (58) maintains a low-profile went in his favour as the new working president will be expected to run the organisation in cohesion with the government and carry on with organisational agenda firmed up by Shah.
Nadda is a member of the BJP’s parliamentary board, the party’s top decision-making body having its most important members, that gives him requisite seniority for the job as well.