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JP Nadda takes over as BJP president

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2020 Published on January 20, 2020

Newly elected BJP National President JP Nadda at a facilitation ceremony at party office, in New Delhi, on January 20, 2020   -  Kamal Narang

Senior party leaders were present at the felicitation ceremony.

Jagat Prakash Nadda was elected unopposed as the BJP’s national president on Monday, taking over the reins from Amit Shah whose tenure of five-and-a-half years saw the party turning into a formidable election-winning machinery despite occasional setbacks.

The 59-year-old leader from Himachal Pradesh is seen as an affable and low-key politician who enjoys the trust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor. He is largely expected to continue with the course it took under Shah with Modi laying out the broader agenda.

The Delhi assembly election is the first challenge for Nadda, who has been touring the capital extensively as the BJP works overtime to oust the Aam Aadmi Party from power.

 

BJP leader Radha Mohan Singh, who was the in-charge of the organisational election process, made the announcement of Nadda’s election as the party’s 11th president after he emerged as the only nominee in the fray.

Modi later arrived at the party headquarters to felicitate the newly-elected president at a ceremony that was attended by members of the BJP parliamentary board, its highest body, and veterans like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Earlier, Shah was joined by senior party leaders, including Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, besides several functionaries from state units in filing nominations in support of Nadda.

BJP chief ministers like Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh and Vijay Rupani of Gujarat were also at the party headquarters to endorse his bid.

Dedicated and disciplined: Modi on Nadda

PM Modi congratulated Nadda on his election as the party's president, and said he was sure that the party will scale newer heights during his presidency. Modi also praised Amit Shah for his contribution to the party, describing him as an “outstanding karyakarta (worker).”

“I do not think words can do justice to the rich contribution of Amit Shahji as BJP president. During his presidency, BJP got opportunities to serve in several parts of India,” Modi said in a series of tweets.

 

Wishing Nadda very best for his tenure, the Prime Minister said, “Naddaji is a dedicated and disciplined Karyakarta who has worked for years to strengthen the party at the grassroots. His affable nature is also known to all.” “Be it as a young party karyakarta, MLA, Minister in Himachal Pradesh or organisational duties at the Centre, MP and Union Minister, Nadda Ji has added value to any responsibility he has held,” Modi added.

Amit Shah on Nadda

Nadda’s elevation was on expected lines since his appointment as the BJP working president last June after Shah joined the Modi government as the Home Minister. The BJP has traditionally abided by the norm of ‘one party, one post’. BJP leaders hailed the appointment, expressing confidence that the party would achieve new successes under his leadership.

“Heartiest congratulations to J P Nadda Ji on being elected the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party. I firmly believe that under Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s guidance and your leadership, the BJP will become stronger and expand even further,” Shah said in a tweet.

“The party will benefit from Naddaji’s organisational skills and experience and will set new records,” he said in a series of tweets. Under Nadda’s leadership, all BJP workers will continue to walk on the organisation’s path, he said.

“I am grateful for the affection and support that I got from the organization as the BJP national president. I thank Prime Minister Modi, all senior leaders and colleagues for always keeping faith in me,” Shah added. “I consider myself fortunate to have had the privilege of working as president for five years in this great organization, nurtured by many great personalities and great men,” Shah said. He also expressed gratitude to activists and well-wishers for standing with him “like a rock”.

Wishes from other BJP leaders

Wishing Nadda a successful tenure, Rajnath Singh said: “I am confident the party will achieve new glory and success under his leadership. Known for his organisational experience Naddaji has always been an asset to the party.”

Gadkari said the elevation of Nadda, who started as a common party worker and rose through its ranks, shows that the BJP was an organisation of workers unlike parties run by dynasties.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated Nadda on becoming national president of the BJP on Monday, an official spokesperson said. “It is a proud moment for Himachal when a leader from the state attains the topmost position in the world’s biggest political party,” Thakur added.

Himachal Pradesh BJP president Rajeev Bindal, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs and party leaders from the state also congratulated Nadda on the occasion.

Nadda, considered an affable and accessible politician, enjoys good rapport with all top party leaders. He is seen as seasoned organisation man, who was associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) from his college days before joining the youth wing of the BJP and rising through its ranks.

Nadda has also served as a minister in the BJP governments in Himachal Pradesh and at the Centre. He has also been in charge of his party’s campaigns in a number of states, including in Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

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Published on January 20, 2020
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