Senior BJP leader JP Nadda has been appointed as the party's working president on Monday. Amit Shah will remain BJP's national president.
The decision was announced by former BJP president and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the parliamentary board meeting, which is the party's highest decision-making body. The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
This is for the first time that the party has appointed a working president even when there is a full-time party president.
In a series of tweets, Nadda said Modi's guidance has always been inspirational for him and under the prime minister's leadership the party has got huge support from people of the country.
आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री जी ह्रदय के अंत:करण से आभार। आपके मार्गदर्शन मे हम पार्टी की नीतियों और सरकार की योजनाओं को अंतिम पायदान पर खड़े व्यक्ति तक ले जाएँगे। आपके व्यक्तित्व और नेतृत्व से पार्टी को जनसमर्थन मिला है, मैं कार्यकर्ता के रूप में उसको मज़बूती प्रदान करने की कोशिश करूँगा। https://t.co/NGlLHbAu12— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 17, 2019
Fifty nine-year-old Nadda is a Brahmin and a Rajya Sabha member who keeps a low profile but is also parliamentary board secretary of the BJP. Nadda is known as a master strategist in his party. The party had given him charge of Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded hustings. The party bagged 62 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. Apna Dal bagged two against a caste calculus driven combine of BSP and SP.
Educated at St. Xaviers School, Patna, Nadda thereafter did his B.A. from Patna College, Patna University and LL.B. from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. He is three time MLA in the Himachal Assembly. He came to the upper house from Himachal Pradesh and was appointed Minister in 2014.
With the BJP securing a fresh beach head in the south in Telengana where it has won four seats along with 23 in Karnataka, Nadda is expected to focus on operation south to expand the BJP's footprint and become truly pan Indian.
A confident Nadda during his first visit to Lucknow after being appointed Uttar Pradesh election in-charge in January this year had exuded confidence that the BJP will win 74 Lok Sabha seats out of 80 in Uttar Pradesh and downplayed the SP-BSP alliance in the state for the general elections.
At a meeting with senior office bearers of the party, Nadda, had predicted that the BJP would register a handsome win in the Lok Sabha polls and all records will be broken -- "We shall increase our tally of Lok Sabha seats from the state by winning 74 seats, one more than last time."
In the 2014 general elections, the BJP had won 71 Lok Sabha seats in the state and two other went to its ally -- the Apna Dal. The BJP won 62 against a tough opposition while the alliance only managed 15.