New Delhi: The BJP will have a new party president before the month is out with the appointment of working president J.P. Nadda as the new chief.
Nadda will replace party president Amit Shah and sources say the appointment is likely be announced on January 19-20.
“The process was on and appointment is likely to take place on January 19-20. This come come days before the Delhi elections,” said a senior BJP leader. The party had elevated senior BJP leader and former health minister JP Nada as its working president in June.
The Delhi assembly elections are to be held on February 8 and will see BJP pitted against a formidable AAP and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Shah’s second term as president had ended in January 2019. He first took over as party president in 2014 — the BJP’s Constitution allows only two three-year terms for a party president.
However, in January 2019, the BJP parliamentary board had deferred organisational polls until the Lok Sabha elections. In October, Shah said he didn’t want to continue in both roles — as union home minister and BJP president.
Now Nadda will lead BJP’s campaign for the upcoming elections in Delhi which are crucial following the setbacks last year in three assembly elections: in Maharashtra where it did not form the government despite being the largest single party, in Haryana where it formed a coalition government with the Jannayak Janta Party and in Jharkhand where it suffered an outright defeat.
All three elections were fought with Nadda as working president.