The BJP is set to get its new national president to replace Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday. BJP working president JP Nadda is the front-runner for the post and is expected to be elected unopposed.
Top party leaders, including Union ministers and those from states, are likely to arrive at the BJP headquarters on Monday to file nominations in support of JP Nadda, who has long been seen as the choice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the post of BJP chief.
Ahead of the crucial Delhi assembly elections, BJP has decided to relieve Amit Shah of his duties as the party chief. JP Nadda’s decades-long experience in the party, starting from student politics, proximity to the RSS and clean image are seen as his strengths.
Amit Shah held a meeting with senior party leaders, including several Union ministers and chief ministers of the party-ruled states, on Sunday evening.
Though there was no official communication about what transpired, sources said the party leaders deliberated over the details of the election exercise.
Senior BJP leader Radha Mohan Singh, who is in charge of the party’s organisational poll process, said that nominations for the national president’s election will be filed on January 20, and a contest will take place the next day if required.
The BJP has the convention of electing its president with consensus and without any contest, and there is little possibility that it will be any other way this time.
The election of a new president will bring to end incumbent Shah’s tenure of over five-and-a-half years during which the BJP expanded its footprints across the country like never before and enjoyed its best phase in electoral contests despite suffering a few setbacks in state polls.
With Shah joining the Modi 2.0 government as home minister, the BJP began the exercise for electing his successor as the party has the convention of ‘one person, one post’.
Nadda was appointed as the party’s working president in July last year in an indication that the Himachal Pradesh leader was the likely choice for the top organisational job.
In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he was in-charge of the BJP’s election campaign in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, where the party faced a tough challenge from the grand alliance of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The party won 62 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Having risen through the saffron ranks, Nadda has long been a member of the BJP parliamentary board, its highest decision-making body. He had served as a minister in the first Modi government.