Nadda new BJP chief

Our Correspondent

21 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: Veteran politician Jagat Prakash Nadda has been elected unopposed as the national president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India.

An announcement about JP Nadda’s election was made on Monday by senior BJP leader Radha Mohan Singh, who is in charge of the party’s organisational election process.

Nadda's name was proposed by ex-chiefs and parliamentary board members Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari.

Nadda, who was serving as BJP working president, has been the party’s national president for the next three years as he was the only candidate in the fray.

Nadda took over as BJP president, a responsibility he shared with Home Minister Amit Shah for nearly one year.

He is considered number three in the Indian ruling party after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

JP Nadda will take over from Amit Shah, who was at a helm for eventful five and a half years during which the party won its biggest majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha election and expanded its footprint across the country.

"Amit Shah's stint as BJP chief was unparalleled. He took the party to new heights," said Union Minister Rajnath Singh, also a former BJP president.