BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda has served the organisation while holding crucial positions at different levels in the party. He belongs to Himachal Pradesh. Born to father Dr. Narain Lal Nadda and mother Late Shrimati Krishna Nadda on 2nd December 1960, he was married to Dr Mallika Nadda, a professor of History at the Himachal Pradesh University on 11 December 1991. He has risen through the ranks in the ABVP, of which he was a part during his student days in Himachal Pradesh and Bihar.
He entered politics in the year 1975 when he joined the then ongoing Sampurna Kranti movement started by Jayaprakash Narayan during the black days of emergency. He joined ABVP while studying in Patna University and entered student activism.
He was elected as Secretary, Patna University Students’ Union in 1977 as ABVP candidate. Simultaneously, he also got actively involved in the day-to-day workings of ABVP and served the organisation at several positions. After graduating from the Patna University, he completed his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the Himachal University. In 1987, he had to face a 45-day detention for organising an anti-government campaign against the ruling Congress Party by forming a Rashtriya Sangharsh Morcha.
During the Lok Sabha Polls held in the year 1989, he was assigned a major responsibility as election in-charge of the BJP’s youth wing when he was just 29 years old. Moving ahead, just three years later in 1991, he was made National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha at the young age of 31 years. Later, he fought Assembly elections from his home state Himachal Pradesh and won three times. He has been a Cabinet Minister in the Himachal Pradesh. He also shouldered the responsibilities of BJP National General Secretary and Member Secretary of BJP Parliamentary Board. He held the position of Union Health minister in the first Modi government.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also arrived at the party Headquarters in the evening and felicitated the newly elected BJP National President Shri JP Nadda along with the outgoing President and Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, former party presidents Shri LK Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Rajnath Singh and Shri Nitin Gadkari, members of the Parliamentary Board, BJP Chief Ministers, National Office Bearers, senior leaders and Union Ministers.
Shri Nadda belongs to Himachal Pradesh. He has risen through the ranks in the ABVP of which he was a part during his student days in Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. He has held several important positions ranging from organizational posts at the district, state and national level; to ministerial positions at the State and Central level.
Earlier, he was given the responsibility of party National Working President after 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Prior to that, he was also in-charge of the BJP’s election campaign in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, where BJP faced a tough challenge from the grand alliance of the Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Shri Nadda faced the arithmetic challenge of the SP-BSP-RLD Mahagatbandhan successfully and delivered the results with flying colors where, BJP along with its allies won 64 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Shri JP Nadda, considered an affable and accessible politician, enjoys good rapport with the rank and file of the party. He is seen as seasoned organisation man, who was associated with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad from his college days before joining the youth wing of the BJP and rising through its ranks.
Shri JP Nadda was inspired by the JP Movement and joined the ABVP and BJP’s youth wing Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, which he also went on to head later on.
Shri Nadda in an interaction with media once mentioned that he was detained for 45 days for leading a campaign for upgrading schools. It was in Bihar where Shri Nadda got his initial lessons in politics as a student leader. His father Shri N L Nadda was an academic who also became a Vice Chancellor of the Patna University in Bihar.
Shri Nadda also held the position of Member Secretary of the BJP Parliamentary Board, the highest decision making body of the party. He had also served as a Union Minister in the first Modi government.
-1993 – 98, 1998 – 2003 and 2007 – 2012: Member, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly (three terms).
–1994 – 98: Leader, Bharatiya Janata Party, Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
-1998-2003: Cabinet Minister, Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Himachal Pradesh.
–2008 – 2010: Cabinet Minister, Forest, Environment, Science and Technology and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Himachal Pradesh.
-May 2010 – Nov. 2014: BJP National General Secretary
–April 2012: Elected to Rajya Sabha.
-Sept. 2014 – Nov. 2014: Chairman, Committee on Human Resource Development.
-09 Nov. 2014 – 30 May 2019: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
–Sept. 2014 onwards: Member, BJP Parliamentary Board.
-April 2018: Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (second term)
–17 June, 2019 – 20th January, 2020: BJP National Working President.
–20th January, 2020: Elected unopposed as BJP National President.