BJP is planning to appoint its new national president to replace Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday. BJP working president JP Nadda is the first-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 PM 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.