JP Nadda likely to succeed Amit Shah as BJP president today
Jagat Prakash Nadda is set to take over as the national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The 59-year-old is widely expected to be elected as the party chief unopposed on January 20.
He is currently the working president and will be taking over from Amit Shah.
Top party leaders, multiple union ministers and state-level leaders will be present when Nadda files his nomination at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on January 20.
He became the working president in June shortly after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had retained power at the Centre. Shah, the current party chief, became the Union Home Minister. The party has a convention of 'one person, one post'.
Nadda being appointed as the working president was seen by political observers as an indication of further elevation in the future.
If no other member files their nomination, Nadda will be declared the new national president. However, a contest will take place on January 21, if required.
BJP has a convention of electing its president with consensus without any contest. There remains little possibility of any other name coming up.
Nadda’s election will also draw curtains on Shah’s tenure stretching over five-and-a-half years. During these years, the party expanded its footprint rapidly and made inroads into states and regions where it had been traditionally weak. The saffron party also won key state elections during this period. It also lost a few state battles.