JP Nadda becomes new national president of BJP, succeeds Amit Shah
New Delhi : Senior leader JP Nadda has been elected as the new national president of Bharatiya Janata Party 'unopposed' by the leaders on Monday. The 59-year-old leader has succeeded Union Home Minister Amit Shah as BJP chief.
Last year, JP Nadda was elected as the first ever working president after Shah became the Union Home Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet for his second term.
However, Amit Shah had taken over the post in 2014 and also continued as the chief with Nadda functioning as working president.
According to the party's guidelines, the Home Minister had to bid good bye to the post as one person in the party can take charge of only one post at a time.
Amit Shah had proposed the name of JP Nadda, along with two former national presidents Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari. A former Union Health Minister, he was also in-charge of the BJP’s election campaign in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh in general elections last year. The saffron party won 62 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Incidentally, Shah too led the party’s election campaign in UP in 2014. Under his leadership, the BJP won a whopping 73 seats in the state.